By my calculations, it’s almost 10 years since I started dyeing my own cloth. Ten years…sounds like such a long time! Actually it’s the same amount of time we have been living here in southern Illinois. It was 10 years ago this month or in April (can’t remember which), that I took a dyeing class…and it’s been uphill ever since. Wow. 10 years. I feel like such a pro!
What else have I been doing? In between shows and teaching I do get to play around once in a while. A couple of weeks ago I tried my hand at embossing black silk velvet. I used a rubber stamp with hand writing on it…cool, huh!
Naw…you’re not supposed to be able to read it!
At the Bloomington quilt show, my demo helper was a bit shy about trying to paint a face with Tsukineko inks, so I took the plunge. It’s actually easier than I thought it would be. I used a tracing of a face, so how hard is that? Start with the lightest colors and work your way up. She is actually not finished as I will do more highlighting and shading on her and I haven’t painted the eyebrows yet, but I think she is a pretty cool redhead. This was painted using aloe vera gel mixed with the inks, a trick from the ever cool Judy Coates Perez.
She has red sparkles in her hair too….I’m going to share how that was done in a minute.
Here is the fish I painted using Tsukineko inks. At the Bloomington show, someone reminded me of something I had wanted to make a sample of…I simply added it to my fish sample…
Bo-Nash bonding agent is a fusible that comes in a can and you sprinkle it like salt. It even looks like salt! So I sprinkled it in some places on the water and in the redhead’s hair, then laid some foil over it, heated it with an iron…and voila! Sparkling sprinkles! This is very fun. And I sell the Bo-Nash fusible and the foil, so call me or email if you want some. I think I will start putting sparkles on lots of stuff now…this is just way too easy.