More from the Barn and since then, part 2


When I got home, after unloading everything out of the van that we’d taken for the show, camping and class, I had a series of black to pales grey fabrics to dye for a customer. This is the result. After that, the next project was processing the color PA290007samples from class.

This first picture is a color sample made with thickened disperse dyes painted onto paper. The different values of yellow were printed onto fabric as full sheets; the various values of red and blue were cutOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         from paper and arranged onto paper by color and value. The the result was heat pressed onto each value of yellow.

The last photo is a truncated series of color samples that were mixed the same way as above, but the thickened dyes were printed directly onto the fabric. The colors are delightfully rich. The yellow was screened onto the fabric first, then it was heat pressed and washed out. Once dry, the process was repeated with red, then blue. The next experiment will be to put some clear print paste onto fabric, then screen colors on top. That should show if the print paste resists dye the way it does with MX. It might not be the case because of the dyes subliming. The gaseous dye might just migrate right through the print paste. If there’s no difference, I’ll be able to screen all the colors on as soon as the last has dried, and only heat press once.

3 thoughts on “More from the Barn and since then, part 2”

  1. Very nice samples Lisa. Hard to believe you get such vivid clear colors after seeing the fabric before setting the dyes! I'm also impressed with the number of steps in your black/gray gradation. That's hard to do!!

  2. Lisa, These are such fascinating experiments. I found it so interesting to see color behaving the way color does–except when dye behavior gets in the way. It is especially fascinating because disperse dyes have such different behavior!

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