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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th

It is a gorgeous breezy day here in the studio.. something to truly celebrate in what can be hot and humid Philadelphia. Working on organza for another kimono ... while trying to ignore the tantalizing smell of barbecued chicken wafting in the open windows. I increased the amount of dry dye powder in the paste to make the deconstructed screen, using SH for the thickner and released it with F. Worked much better than recent attempts and held the dye for 6 full screenings.

Stamped the circles and then added a black outline.... Used F to thicken the release and the drawn lines. Seemed to work well.

this was a deep blue heavy chiffon discharged using Jaquard Paste... I guess because it was stretched to pin it down it has a sense of being an Ikat. Also it discharged unevenly leaving a purple residue which transferred to the drop cloth? Next time I think I will try rolling it the length rather than the width to see if I can get vertical rather than horizontal stripes .

Monday, June 29, 2009


Mixed up a nice bronze/green and screened back into the discharged piece using the same circle screen. Followed that with a deeper blue using the tree bark screen. Will finish by drawing darker circles.

soda ash surprise

My first day as a blogger. I forgot a piece of discharged chiffon that I was soaking in soda ash. It stayed in the soak overnight and this morning it had a warm pale coral that hadn't been there prior to the soak. This piece was was discharged 2x, first with Jaquard paste... then steamed but not enough discharged. Next I printed it again this time with Thiox paste and steamed while the paste was still quite wet... and I lost almost everything. I feel a bit like Goldilocks. Now I am going to dye it again using the same screen I used to discharge it.