Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wine

Another scarf where the dye didn't move the way I expected.  Although this one was wetter than normal since the dye wasn't wicking across the scarf the way I wanted so I misted it with a bit more water. 

The edge isn't blurry because of the photo, that is the way the pattern worked out.  It really gives it nice visual texture with the contrast of the sharpness and the diffuseness. 

It looks like a nice wine, to go with the chocolate one I posted yesterday.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Chocolate

I really like the pattern that resulted on this silk scarf.  I stretched it on the frame, painted on the dye and sprinkled rock salt all over.  Salt attracts moisture and so the color can move along with the water it is dissolved in.  The more dye collected in one spot, the darker it is.  But different colors of dye react in a variety of ways.  Blue moves a lot more than red, for example. 

It also makes a difference how wet the scarf is or how large the salt crystals are.  If the salt just dissolves then it won't pull the dye around.

The chocolate brown dye I used for this one didn't move in the same way as the blue one in the post here.  It did give a really neat texture though.  Kind of like miniature leopard spots.  It looks like it should have a pebbly texture, but doesn't. 

See, chemistry matters.  And is fun.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Women's Art Festival

This Saturday, the 10th, is the Women's Art Festival from 10am to 5pm Dec 10th at the Midtown YWCA at 2121 East Lake St, Minneapolis.
There will be 125 vendors, music and food.  This is a nice venue, large and with plenty of room in the aisles.  Last year was the weekend of the blizzard.  So we are hoping for better weather this year.  And considering it is snowing right now, it should look like winter.