dye painting tests

27 Dec

My Dharma order arrived 6 days after being ordered, but with the silly season upon us, those pesky spare five minutes’s available had to wait until after chripcrapmas………..

I ordered 4 colours (teal blue, rust brown, oxblood red and warm black), planning to augment the palette with what i already have (golden yellow, red, olive, violet and true blue), trusting i will be able to approximate the colours and blending shown on the acrylic painted paper mock-up (left in photo below). Didn’t use all of them though!

On cotton, right, previously soaked in soda ash, though i also added the soda ash *to* the Procion. These fabrics won’t be washed, but i still worry about fading or exposure to any elements in the air. I’ve never had any luck in removing all the alginate before (think icky snail trails…), so bypassed  thickening and directly “painted” on the cloth. I do know however, that though usually one wants super saturation with the dyes, this one is too dark, and MUCH too red! I still like it and will continue to work on the idea.

sketch-and-fabric-sampleI also did another piece:

neurons-dye-paint-1-bThe Procion “Rust Brown” has a LOT of red in it, shall have to tone it down. It was based on this, and in a larger scale, may become the background for something.


Mood/story board in the stoodio:




I also did a little ice dyeing, tshirts for the Son below and the Greyman (still batching).


Somehow fitting that i end the year with how i started the year!

Speaking of ice, my camera captured this, a trick of the light and of the time.

Dec 26 icicles in Inglewood


And then i remembered, fortunately in plenty of time, that i also need to dye some threads as well! The quantities i’m going to need precludes buying “ready made’ though i’m sure some will come by mail 🙂 Some i’ll do the same way as the cloth, painting bits on , and some will just be immersion dyed.


And the FybreSpace shop is now gone.


4 responses to “dye painting tests

  1. margarethd

    December 27, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Looking good Arlee….i like the wing structures

    Liked by 1 person

    • arlee

      December 28, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Thank you. I keep returning to those shapes, delving into why they attract me.


  2. late start studio

    December 28, 2016 at 10:59 am

    I was thinking I’d like to come and play at your place . . . I’m about to start experimenting with paint and dye on coarse linen.

    Liked by 1 person

    • arlee

      December 28, 2016 at 11:45 am

      start walkin’ 🙂



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