05 May 2017

Hot wax and thickened Dye

I am now back where I started with hot wax and dye but STILL working on my landscape series started here. I really loved the silks and wool landscapes dyed specially for that mini-series. Now I have put the acid dyes away and whirled up a batch of print paste. Judith is coming today and we will batik with thickened dyes. She was here a few days ago with her molding paste and she had been really wanting to get back into some batiking. She took some of her worst failures and batiked over them. I wanted to keep moving forward with my fabrics for landscape.



I had three pieces of off white linen 2' X 3'


I had big plants for this piece.



None of the fabrics were pre-treated so I sprayers soda ash on both side after it was done then wrapped it in plastic to batch. It was warm and sunny out (finally) and I put them on the deck in the sun to 'cook"



This was also a piece I had high hopes for but my electric skillet was acting up and I had a heck of a time keeping the wax hot but not smoking.



This is a new (to me) vintage potato masher I bought on eBay and it is even more cool than I thought. It's all in the way the wires were attached to the side bars. I love this. It actually looks like a real basket weave.



I forgot to get a picture of the front after I soda sprayed it. This is the back.



Here is a peek at the front side.




What happened after this is long but very interesting.
Check back Monday!!


11 comments:

  1. Really love the marks you made with the vintage potato masher! Mind if I ask the name (or ID) of the seller on e-bay? I'm always hoping to find things like that, but don't have lots of time to browse the thrift shops.

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    1. Look here http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xantique+ptato+masker.TRS0&_nkw=antique+ptato+masker&_sacat=0

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  2. Oh sure, leave us hanging! Ha! Your pieces have such great texture, which I absolutely love. Can't wait to see what comes next!

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    1. It will be worth the wait because what ended up coming out was some of the best pieces I ever made. Posting end of May

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  3. Wow love your potato masher fabric!! How cool!! Great job. Can't wait till Monday to hear your story. Have a great weekend. Pam Gonzalez

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  4. What fun Beth! I love the potato masher marks!

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    1. Oh me too. I'd love to do more with this new potato masher - a real basket weave with no mistakes (smile)

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  5. You have made beautiful lapping again!. I like the potatoe smasher ;-)

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    1. Thanks Joke. Me too. I got it on eBay!!

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  6. Loving the results with the potato masher.

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