Bleaching on a summer day….


To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition. (Albert Einstein)


Don’t you just love that quote…it speaks to me!  First, it brings back memories of when I was a child and I would make something, let’s see….a bug jar, maybe plant a flower garden, or draw or color, sewing doll clothes, or dancing ballet.  Whatever I happened to be doing, a big part of the fun of the project was showing my mother or dad the finished result. 

The Performance!

I can thank this blob for the opportunity to perform!  And I know the content has been lean.  I miss having work to talk about! 

But before the performance, there is the preparation, the curiosity, the “what if’s”….I hope to inundate you this summer with plenty of content like this! 

When I was packing for up north last week, as usual, the biggest decision I had was what to take up north to keep my hands and mind busy.  Thinking of sunshine and cool lake breezes, I decided that outdoor fabric painting experiments would be good.

On the first day, I painted with bleach on a soft, thin black cotton corduroy.  First I pleated and tied portions of the fabric.  I was going for a landscape effect:

Here are two somewhat successful pieces, one does not tightly control this process:




I really like the “wrong” side of the second piece, more color variations, especially a surprise of purple….


They hold possibilities. 

If you want to be proper, this technique is called “discharge dyeing”.  The process is not an exact science.  Here are a couple resources for technique:

The second fabric experiment session was screen printing….later.

2 responses »

  1. I think the last two look like strange people standing in a line, with odd clothes!
    The first one looks basketty to me.
    I like your creative thoughts!

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