Trialing

In between making color sample swatches, I tried a little Inktense shibori.

For Trial 1 I gathered up some white cotton, created five wells of straight Inktense color, then dipped the dry gathered cloth into the wells. The end result was “meh” so I overdyed the resulting cloth with the leftover dye water from Trial 2. Still meh …

And so, for Trial 2 I gathered up some more cloth, scraped some blue, green, and yellow Inktense into a glass of water, and dunked the cloth. Better, but kinda light …

Trial 3 was the best of the lot. After gathering the cloth, I soaked it in plain water while prepping three wells of Inktense Mustard+Baked Earth, Shiraz+Ionian Green, and Shiraz+Tangerine. Then I dabbed the dye onto both sides of the gathered cloth and put it out in the Texas sun to dry with Trial 1 and Trial 2. Definitely see potential with this technique …

One last note. After the trials dried in the 103 degree Texas sun, I rinsed them in water and immediately ironed them between paper towels. Hopefully that will help set the colors.

17 thoughts on “Trialing

  1. Sure looks like you’re having fun .. thanks for sharing. I’m in awe of your patience in doing all those sample colors.

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    1. Fun … that’s what is at the root of it. And for the first couple of weeks of experimenting with the Inktense there was nothing noteworthy to show, but practice has made a big difference.

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  2. LA – you are getting some interesting outcomes with your tests – it is going to be interesting to see how there’s appear in patches and other work. The last test resulted in what reminded me of a stand of tree trunks. B

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    1. and your comment reminded me of F’s white-on-white tree trunks … a lot to aspire to

      and oh, ha! … I just took another look and I saw bacon strips!

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  3. i don’t know what i’m doing wrong? Comments don’t show up? but….i love this…the bleed and all
    and wish had the stamina to do what you have done…i never have. Always wanted to.

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    1. funny you should say that … I got an error message instead of a comment box when I was on your blog last night … but your comment here made it through and hopefully you can now see the others as well

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  4. There is that moment when we begin a project, when something takes over and dabbling and experimenting and discovery of new ways to work with color and cloth and known or foraged materials take over and then the fun really begins- it can be so addicting/ Loved seeing your “new kind” of shibori.

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    1. I feel like I’m gathering a store of knowledge … how much water, how much pigment, which brush, applied how? … it’s fascinating

      And I thought of you the other day as Don and I eyed a Desert Willow for possible inclusion in the garden he is creating … but I think a dwarf pomegranate is going to win out

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  5. I admit to kind of loving that first rainbow ‘meh’ one! The others are elegant and subtle and show perhaps more delicacy/control? They have a lovely texture (bacon or not!). The testing and trialling and checking and trying…such a good phase where the process is what counts, not the outcome. Until you can refine it and possibly re-produce it! Keep having fun and diving down those rabbit holes so what next? What if? Go well.

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    1. what if, indeed … and then recording the trials here, regardless of outcome, as a record for future reference … and fun, I’m having so much fun

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    1. Derwent Inktense dyes come in pencils or blocks … supposedly you can paint one color, let it dry, then paint a second color over it. They are designed to be used on either paper or cloth. I’ve read that you can control some of the bleed with fabric medium or aloe, but I’m just using water for now.

      I think I first heard about the pencils at Spirit Cloth … Grace at Windthread uses them, too. I like that I can create with them on a small scale.

      https://www.dickblick.com/items/derwent-inktense-block-set-set-of-24/

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