Tuesday, August 30, 2011

ai painting tutorial

 what to do with the precious remains of a vat?the frugal dyer  tried grinding the pigment and using it and came up with a simple method.
here we go:
  • discard the liquid taking care not to upset the sediment
  • dry the sediment in the sun until cakey
  • grind it  to a fine powder using a mortar and pestle or a dedicated food processor
  •  make soy milk using about 50 beans
  • sieve the milk, you don't want any particles
  • add the milk to the powdered pigment
  • paint it to fabric pre treated with soy milk
  • you can use stencils, leaves or any other object
  • you can also use to create color washes and shadings

if the pigment is too liquid for stenciling or stamping:
  • mix unflavored gelatin  or agar-agar in hot water and let it gel
  • add it to the liquid color
 soy milk is the traditional binder for color pigments. i would suggest curing the fabrics for at least a month and then rinsing. expect some color loss, but nothing dramatic. if using the fabric for an art piece there's no need to rinse. 

 neki desu
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  1. Thank you for the lesson!

  2. Anonymous6:42 PM

    nice! like your stencil. wondering - were you dumping your vat for some reason?

  3. cool, neki, i have a dead vat out in the paper mill--

  4. Anonymous2:07 AM

    oh, this is wonderful. thanks for sharing, wish I had the time to do it NOW but I've copied it to a folder so I can think about it and make the time. It is really special.

  5. oh this is great! glad i am back.

  6. Thank you very much for this tutorial. It is generous of you to take the time to share what you have learned.

    It is a gift.
    Thank you.

  7. Judy,
    thank you for such nice words.


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