As promised, today I am sharing some photos of the fabrics I made in Pat Pauly's "Glorious Prints" class.
I didn't have the space to take photos of the big pieces of fabric, so these are all close ups of the details:
Some observations about working with dye:
- Dye is more like watercolor paint than like acrylic paint. It's transparent. There is no white.
- The dye is less "crisp" than paint. For example, Thermofax prints are slightly more blurred.
- The dye colors are rich and vibrant.
- All of the rules of color mixing hold true with dyes -- with the exception of tinting....sort of. To tint a color I would normally add white. With dye, I have to use more thickener and less pigment because there is no white.
- You can't achieve an opaque color.
- The color of the fabric you start with always effects the outcome because the dyes are transparent.
- You must wear gloves because the dye stains your skin for days...ask me how I know.
- There is more prep work in preparing fabrics to be dyed than in painting fabrics. There is also more work in the laundry/washing out phase.
- The dyed fabric feels just as soft and lovely as the fabric did the day I bought it.
- There is no dimensional aspect to the dye. It isn't raised off the surface in any way, as paint often is.
- Dye is not as complicated as I thought. A little bit of know how goes a long way.
If you'd like to learn more about working with fabric and dye:
- Pat Pauly's website
- ProChem's workshops
- Procion Dyes (the ones we used in class) -- this is a nice kit for less than $20.
- Carol Soderlund: Queen of Dyes
- Playful Fabric Printing book
Can't wait to use my new fabrics! Thanks for stopping by!