Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Week of Crafting

Joni and did lots of different crafts during her visit last week. We took a great class at Bare Knuckle Arts, where we made paste paper and marbled paper.
We found white shirts on sale at Anthropologie and decided to dye them with red cabbage.  We did a ton of research and tracked down alum and cream of Tartar to prepare the cloth. We added ammonia to the dye to make it more blue, and look at the gorgeous color we got:
Sadly, the color almost completely washed out! Now we have off-white shirts. Is there some way to fix the color?

Joni decorated a store-bought frame with some of my polymer clay tiles:

While she did that, I painted some handmade polymer clay pendants that I made a while ago.

I'm lucky that I have some art/craft friends here in Madison. After Joni left, Tsela and I went painting at the Memorial Union at UW-Madison. Here is mine:

And here is hers:


Art/craft and friends are a pretty amazing combination!

15 comments:

  1. Love both paintings. Wonder why the dye didn't hold in the shirts...seems strange, but then I've never dyed anything so don't really know. Looks like you are enjoying summer!!

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  2. YOUR painting is very much the colors of you CAFFEINE GIRL heading. I love it.

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  3. Crafting with friends seems like a great way to recover! I do love the dye color in the pot, and am sorry your shirts didn't hold the dye. I know next to nothing about dyeing, but I think red cabbage dye fades notoriously fast. Love the frame!

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  4. So much to love in this post!!! I wonder if natural dyes need different mordants than acid dyes do. I just discovered that citrus acid works much better than vinegar in some bleeding fiber I had from the Tour.

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  5. All of the projects you worked on are fabulous. How I wish I had a tenth of your drawing talent. I love learning and trying new techniques with friends.

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  6. Arts/Crafts/Friends is a perfect combination.

    Your paintings are beautiful and love that polymer clay frame.....you've had a good week.

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  7. Some natural dyes just don't stick no matter what, I'm afraid. Cabbage is among those, as is dye made with beets (too bad, because beets are so beautiful and bright!) Check out the Modern Natural Dyer for ways to use natural dyes that are more colorfast.

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  8. I am zero help at all on dyeing, sorry about that! Also, those painting are fabulous!

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  9. crushing blow that the colour didn't stay.....it was gorgeous!!! no dyer here....so haven't a clue. i've heard vinegar holds color, but i bet it has its limitations!! great polymer art....and your sketching always amazes!!!

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  10. you are talented in so many ways, I love your sense of color - I did ONE sketch the other day (now I'm recovering) I enjoyed it immensely but I think so much before I start...

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  11. What lovely making and wonderful paintings!

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  12. What a wonderful crafty visit with your friend. Looks like a great time.

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  13. I agree with you completely! Having a friend to craft with it incredibly enjoyable! I love your artwork!

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  14. Looks fun! Love seeing your paintings of the Terrace. That's where my husband proposed. :) Many good memories there in general. I love how your painting hones in on the group of women sitting together and how your friend's painting focuses on the lake and the sailboats and the general milieu. Two different perspectives!

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  15. Somewhere it seems I heard that vinegar helps to set dye, so I just looked on Google and found this: Here's what to do. Thoroughly clean a large mixing bowl or cleaning bucket, and then fill it with one gallon of fresh, clean water. Add one-fourth cup table salt and one cup vinegar. The vinegar and salt work together to naturally lock the color into the fabric.Mar 10, 2016 Maybe that would help?

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