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Every Day in May - 18

I blocked out three days to make new fabrics to use as book cloth for my watercolor journals.  Over the last 20 years I learned many surface design techniques for silks and  cottons and love to play with dyes and resists to create textiles.  In a Manhattan apartment, I need to "schedule" time to play with dyes because I have to get out so many supplies, tools, etc.  And our dining room table is covered in plastic for several days as the fabric cures and dries. 

I purchased 3 new primary color dyes in February and made up new stock solutions.  Then when I was "playing" I decided to see if the stamp process I used recently for paper worked equally well with fabric.  Here are my stock solutions, the secondary colors I mixed and my new stamp.  I used it to stamp a dark blue design over an entire piece of dyed blue-green cotton that will be book cloth.




Lovely... I'm so jealous! And I love the bears, too.

I like the idea of the stamping, thats really neat. Your journals look neat too.
All your watercolours are so soft and light, nicely done

Nice page! And really cool stamp. I have to get down to trying one of my own, I havenĀ“t been able to find the right material yet, but I am looking. Thanks again for sharing!


Nice job, Shirley. Glad to see you are getting messy over there!

Oh good lord, I would love to do this TOO!!

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