Better yet

Trial 4 of my Inktense shibori experimentation was done on a 2.5 x 3.5” patch of linen, gathered with twelve rows of running stitch, soaked in water, after which I touched the edges with a mixture of blue and green Inktense.

After the gathered cloth dried in the sun, the color definitely looked grainy. A good rinse in cool water and pressing with a hot iron (between layers of scrap cloth) took care of that.

The resulting color looks clearer to me than the trials I did on cotton. And I’m thinking the wicking tendency of linen was also a plus …

I’ll take more process photos next time.

18 thoughts on “Better yet

  1. LA – so good to be able to experiment; and then of course projects will come into your mind as you see the results. Enjoy. B

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    1. I have so wanted to replicate the sky blue indigo shibori I made six years ago at the Maura Ambrose dye workshop, but just couldn’t motivate myself to tackle an indigo vat … this may be the solution

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  2. I did some inktense experiments a while back, but I kinda forgot. Wonder if i brought them here.
    I haven’t seen them.

    Your shiboti approach is so interesting.

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    1. I haven’t done any shibori beyond straight running stitch … now I’m wondering if there might be a way to do resist moons … I downloaded Glennis’ indigo workshop ages ago … now I’m wondering if there’s something there I can latch onto

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      1. Yes, I did something like that a while ago with a fteezer paper resist. And also just drawing around the clamped resist. I will do it again, to show you because I seriously cannot find them. Now I need to look for my inktense pencils. Ha! I’m losing IT as well.

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        1. I wasn’t very successful with the pencils … having much more fun with the blocks, which work like pans of watercolor paint … and the ceramic palettes are just the right size for mixing patch-sized batches of color

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          1. Yeah, I am in use up what’s here mode. And I like the pencils connection to drawing and dyeing, sort of a crossover. Anyway, will follow your whatiffing…🙃

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