more experiments with rice

This (Wednesday’s page)

Plus this (salvaged dyed rice + hot water)

Equals this (thickly heaped rice on dry paper – may try wet paper next time – sprayed with a little more ink for good measure)

Plus drying time…………. produced this, gently dappled patterning.

dot dot dot …

I’m so glad I posted the beginnings of Wednesday, cos all trace of that pink ricey start are now hidden beneath layers of acrylic dots!

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Using sequin waste (punchinella) as a stencil, I’m most taken by the white dots, raised from the surface with nice crisp edges, made with thick goopy printing ink.

pink rice beginnings

Wednesday’s page started out with the results of playing with dye and rice. I poured rice onto the puddles of dye that’d spilled onto the page

As the rice absorbed the water in the dye, the concentration of the pigment outlined the grains.

I’ll post what happened to this page later…

Bubblewrap, Buttons & Rice (Oh My!)

The anticipation of unpeeling and revealing the results of the paper dying exploration is magical!

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Of all the results, I think it’s the rice I’ve found most inspiring.

paper dying, part 3

As an aside, before I show you the latest happenings from the paper dying project: I never realised when I embarked on this it would become so all-consuming. I thought maybe a day of tearing, soaking, dripping, swishing, squishing and waiting would be followed up by a few hours of drying, unfolding, oooh-ing n ahhh-ing, then straight on to using and gluing and making.

Nope. Anyways, I’ll explain as I go along.

Having filtered out the papers deemed ‘not quite done’ I was left with a fairly substantial heap of partly-colored insipid stuff to re-dye. In a bid for something different I explored some new techniques.

Putting bits in a jar instead of a tray (done this with fabric, but not paper before)

Using pre-cut-out bits of paper

Using small things to add a bit of pattern. These wire coils were leftover from a previous project…

Ditto with rice (thinking – will absorb moisture as well as leaving rice-shape-patterns)

And again, with buttons

..Bubble wrap…

I haven’t looked at the latest results yet, check back later and find out if any of this worked out!!