Yes, we had snow for a month. It started with beautiful fluffy powder. Then it hung around and turned into ice, also referred to as Cascade Concrete.We even ended up with some beautiful Hoar Frost.
I put all of that hard icy snow to good use. You guested it, Snow Dying.
Yep, my pile of yet to be ironed Snow Dyed Fabrics. WOW! I did create some beauties. You can find them on my website. I am still ironing and will be adding more to tempt you.
Orchid is a wonderful rich color. After about a month with show on the ground I am already dreaming of Summer and beautiful colors bursting out of the ground. Sigh!, guess it’s going to be a long Winter. Orchid Hand marbled in the Freestyle Design.
Karen Nickelson found this orphaned wallhanging at the Goodwill. Felt like the very light center looked like a bullseye, a distraction from the beautiful colors. Hummm! Here’s her solution.
She chose Shiva Iridescent Paintstiks and a stencil to help add some interest, texture and color to the center. Helped to pull the piece together. And yes she got the paintstiks and stencil from www.marbled-arts.com Can’t wait to see what it look like quilted.
While cleaning out and organizing old photos I found some lost treasures. This wonderful chicken wall-hanging was created by Karen Nickelson. She used my hand marbled fabric to give the chickens some feathers and texture without having to cut out each feather.
This is a multi purpose post 1) to introduce our newest Featured Fabric Cerulean Dragon Wing. I Love Cerulean Blue, this Summer I was playing around with new color combinations and this one showed up to the party. You will find it at my website. 2) Speaking of my website, you will see some changes. Take a look! www.marbled-arts.com
Time for a new Pavers Kit. This one I’m calling Autumn. Rich gorgeous Batiks in beautiful Autumn colors, all set in a stunning Hand Dyed Dark Chocolate Brown. Color that make me dream of going for long walks in the Forest. Miss Molly, want to go for a truck ride?
You can almost get a whiff of the forest.Finished top, no time yet for quilting. You will find the kit with or without the pattern on my web site.
Finding the perfect colors for each hand marbled pieces of fabric can be a challenge. Generally I find myself using a combination of six colors. The tricky part is that the paints I use are opaque (Solid), translucent (see through but not clear) and transparent (clear). Each color is printed on a colored background. I am using Burnt Orange for this example. All of my paints are in clear jars. A fair amount of fiddling around and trying different combinations of paint follows. My favorite combination is dropped onto the clear marbling base. Sometimes that can change the look of the colors.
Opaque colors tend to stay the same, translucent colors may darken or appear to mix with the fabric color, transparent color allows the hand dyed color to shine through. More fiddling with the combination maybe required at this point.
The colors often change once they dry. The hard part is waiting fifteen days for the paints to cure. No trying to rush them or the colors do not adhere properly and all of the work is wasted.
The cured fabric is washed, dryed and ironed. It takes about three week from start to finish.