I recently visited an artist in her studio to watch her work with eco dye on 100% cotton paper. She uses a wax resist for interesting effects partway through her dye process. Her work is stunning:
You can visit her here: Emily Donovan
So I was interested in trying her technique on paper, to see what might happen, and to use some of the leftover iron acetate we had. The dyes I'm working with right now include:
Darjeeling Tea (mordent), rose galls (mordent), iron acetate, purple iris, sumac berries, rhubarb spike, dandelion flowers and roots, light purple lilac, dark purple lilac, white lilac , ash blossoms
And, through a process of dyeing, drying and over dying, this is where I am so far:
Next step will be working with a wax resist before a final over dye.
What I hope to learn is how to achieve similar results on cloth. I think the marks I've gotten on paper would be amazing on cloth. I'm already thinking that I'll need to explore a different kind of resist for cloth since wax will become pretty permanent. Maybe a flour paste?
This is another weekend project when I get to the lake. I've been storing my eco dyes in a spare fridge during the week to prevent mold. So far so good. It's hard to start and stop so much, but for now, that's how it has to be.
More to come...