So, I took an old denim skirt which had really seen better days, cut it up and saved as many of the pieces I could: the fabric, the seams, tabs, buttons, zip and even the threads!
I then tore the fabric into 3cm wide strips.
Sewed them with the seams on the outside, and came up with these two.
The tall one stands 18 inches high and 11 inches round and the smaller one is 14" high and 8" round.
Thought they looked pretty run of the mill though, so started off with this one..
..out came the emulsion and I was away with the VCH treatment!
Next came the writing ink - red mixed with black.
And then of course, the bleach! This photo and the close ups below were taken almost as soon as the bleach had been applied.
And this photo and close ups were taken once the bleach had dried.
When the bleach was thoroughly dry I applied a Royal Blue writing ink - and hey, back to denim almost!
Then I started on this one.
I covered it with Paverpol (purchased from ArtVanGo) mixed with an antique gold paint.
This colour didn't seem to do anything for me though, so I got out the Golden Acrylics and started at the bottom with Quinacridone Burnt Orange, then Nickel Azo Gold mixed with Coarse Interference Gold near the top.
I then wrapped around with some coiled aluminium wire.
And at the end of it?
Well, ink and bleach being one of my favourite techniques I do like the first one but I think I preferred the smaller one as just plain denim.
I have been busy though building up a journal with notes, sketches and cranky ideas for future dressels! More of that later.