Saturday, September 1, 2012

Over dyeing Dark onto a Light Background

Hand painted with light liquid Procion Dyes
Over painted with thickened Procion Dyes
A new experiment! The light yellow, pink and blue liquid dyes were painted onto cotton that had been soda soaked and dried. The experiment was to try over dyeing without washing in between these two steps. Would there be enough soda ash left to activate the second layer of thickened dyes? YES there was! This opens up lots of possibilities in providing depth by building up layers of dyes. In the past, I had always washed and re-soda soaked each layer. Definitely more experimentation is needed but this result looks promising in being able to complete pieces more easily by eliminating extra steps. If you have ever tried something similar, please email me with your results.