words and colors


If you've visited here before you'll have to noticed two of my favourite things are words and colors. So dying a dictionary seemed the obvious thing for me to do. 30 years ago this month I began high school. 30 years ago? Lordy! Equipped with the essentials dictated by the school, I now owned a … Continue reading words and colors

every last ounce of goodness


I've been dying fabric for the quilt lately. I've been dying fabric for years. It got me thinking: The only stage I don't like is towards the end when the residue dye - as it's no longer active - has to be poured away. Why? it's mostly water. But something inside me winces, it's beautifully … Continue reading every last ounce of goodness

Happy endings


Ingredients: Paper. I can recommend a HP940C printer manual, but guess anything made out of paper would do just as well πŸ˜‰ Procion dye. Super vivid colors. I used Magenta and Yellow. Brusho. (Or any ink). I chose Brusho for it's intense colors Spray inks - like dylusions or Ranger color wash. Or any ink … Continue reading Happy endings

papery things


The dyed printer manual has really got me thinking about all the other redundant paper lurking in the house and office - future dying ideas........... All instruction manuals - speshly those ones relating to things long broken, gone or forgotten Phone directories; the Yellow Pages would be a fab base for warm-colored dyings Newspaper, magazines … Continue reading papery things

dripping with extra texture


Another part of the process with the now familiar printer manual: Scrumpling! Both before and after the inky stage, scrumpling the paper helps it dry unevenly Uneven drying makes for gorgeous textural effects. With sharp folds the fibres of the paper is damaged just enough to make it super absorbant, and make for darker lines … Continue reading dripping with extra texture

unlikely treasure


..buried in the paper recycling box (I was scuffling about for envelopes and scraps to dye) - when I found this: No. Haven't uploaded the wrong photo. It is the manual to my faithful old printer. (11 years old, some bits have fallen off, but still working, I digress.) The treasure is in the 7/8 … Continue reading unlikely treasure

and up to date!


Continuing the catch up Day 11 is an either way up day. I like these days the best! I did this with white oil pastel as a resist to the splatters and splashes of watercolor and acrylics. Day 12. Watercolor again. Not in the delicately conventional manner with subtlety and fragile grace. No. Slopped on … Continue reading and up to date!

dyed paper things


When I was doing my paper dying some weeks back, it was without any real plan as to what comes next. Then last night I found myself making these. There's about 125 of them at last count, and already a few have found a home on today's page a day page (more on that later!)