Sunday, December 18, 2016


An update on the discharge dyeing.  I tried some other techniques on the other two quadrants of the discharged fabric from the previous post.
I attempted making a dotted grid by painting some bleach onto bubble wrap and pressing the fabric onto it.
This would have been better if I had used the "splashproof" bleach that is thickened.  At least that is what I think right now.  I will have to try it and see.

I also tried using Elmer's school glue, the kind that washes out,  as a resist.  I just painted it on straight from the pointy cap that comes on the bottle.  It dried completely and then bleach was brushed on the area.
The patterning could be really cool if the glue was brushed onto a rubber stamp and stamped on. OR a stencil could be used. This could also be done in reverse (switching lights and darks) by using thickened bleach to write on (or stamp or stencil) the fabric. For writing/drawing the bleach would need to be in a fine applicator bottle somewhat like the glue bottle.  I don't believe that the lines would be as sharp, but I think it would make interesting fabric.

For now the entire piece of cloth looks like this:
I think this would be fun as a background for an abstract mini quilt or even as part of a mixed media artwork.  The other obvious option is to cut out pieces and use it in traditional/modern quilt blocks.

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Sarah said...

I love the bubble wrap section!

Debbie said...

Great experimentation! I like the effects you got even using the school glue as a resist. I am so clumsy that if I used bleach I would be covered. I like the faint discharge even that you did yesterday.

Tangos Treasures said...

Wow!! How cool!!

Barbara said...

Very cool, Gene! Like Debbie, I don't get along with bleach. It's good to know there are alternatives. And bubble wrap?!!! There are possibilities all around us!

kathyinozarks said...

awesome Gene-and these projects are always so much fun too

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

AWESOME!! - For some reason, today I read the title and then skipped to the comments (school glue - bleach - and bubble wrap??) before I read your post - How clever!! Your idea to use "stamps" sounds like the next logical step in your experiment - have FUN - ;))

Marlene said...

Fabulous results. I did a little of this type of thing in a textile design class years ago.