So I have been making paper, trying out different techniques. I rusted these ones as they were drying on the felts. I think they would have rusted more but after nearly a week I got a bit impatient waiting for them to dry.
And how’s this for a sort of peeling paint type texture?I was working with gesso recently, had some left over, so rolled it onto the underside of a piece of bubble wrap. While I was dying I dipped this in a spent Indigo Blue dye bath. This made the gesso pucker up and go plasticky. When it dried out, it looked like this.
I also dipped some teabag paper in the same dye bath – and this time when pressing it flat I didn’t make the mistake of trying to save time by ironing several pieces together. *LOL*
I decided to try the basic Arashi Shibori technique I have been learning about in Wil's workshop on a piece of cotton duck that had already been folded and dyed with Indigo Blue. You can vaguely see the stripes , it would probably have worked better had I used the Mustard dye first.In the same Mustard dye bath I put in the piece of back to front velvet - but I think I preferred it as it was.I also loosely folded and put these other pieces in, the first one is duck cotton and the other two are velvet which had already been folded and dyed in Indigo Blue. The Mustard colour looks so much nicer on the velvet.I just can’t resist this colour combination.