Friday, December 11, 2015

Welcome Mat Daily Bread - Dyeing Effects

We are in a sharing mood. This is our topic of the day today on The Welcome Mat.
We are continuing this conversation from yesterday about how to create these effects in wool. Due to some questions I've continued with more info on how to do this.

Please enjoy.

Here is what I wrote yesterday:
Today Juliana asked me:
"How would you hook/ dye this under painted look?"
Bunny Secrets - Rita Kirkman
I'm thinking she meant the background, but I see the rabbits have the same quality to their coats.  Note: Juliana meant the rabbits it turns out
I can frequently get these effects through using my wandering dye technique.You can read about how to do it here along with doing the Point and some formulas for that. Or take a master class in Wandering here for $30. It lets me have warm and cool colours in the same piece of wool. Marbelized wool will also do the same thing.
BUT the finer you cut these wools the less they can perform for you in this way.
We diminish the dyed effect with smaller cuts.
How would you hook or dye this effect? Note: we had several great suggestions
And Julianna if I've got hold of the wrong straw or am hareing off in the wrong direction please redirect me and this conversation to rights. I'll be away until tomorrow night and I look forward to your brilliant ideas!

And now today:
I thought I would try to explain an interesting event between wool we dye and how it looks hooked.
You've probably had the most perfect looking wool for what you wanted to hook, bricks, trees, grass, eyes, you name it!
Then when you hooked it up it lost the effect you wanted.
In the case of our rabbits from yesterday, here they are again:
Bunny Secrets                            
Rita Kirkman is the painter and here is her site.

I would need to prepare a least three, maybe 4 pieces of wool in the wandering pot or with marbelizing to get 4 values.
Each value would contain variants of the colours present, the yellow in the lightest value, the dull orange, bright blue, dull green and in some as they darken value - violet.
Once this dyeing is done it would be simple to just hook this up.
I agree a challenge would be a good idea.
But I want to tell you it needs to include hooking because that is the real way to prove the wool is viable.
Often wool for these effects is quite ugly on it's own.
In this rug:
I used marbelized wool for my flesh with a few other pieces of colours thrown in.
I had made partners of (sage green, tan, violet) ( orange , tan, sage green) to dye. This gave me 6 pieces of two sided wool that had one or the other colours more present.  I used the warmest colours in the lighter areas and let the greenish ones be the middle areas and let violet shade.
It allowed me some big leeway for shading.
This was just stuff I had on the shelf.  But I do have a very wide range of goods to hook with because I need a wide range of values, temperatures, saturations in each colour.
To do an image search just go to Google images and click on search.
Plug into what you see, take a good long look.
Don't try to make or buy one piece of wool that "does the job", it rarely functions well.
Make smooth transitions in your colour work, let one colour bridge all sections, it might darken or lighten, brighten or dull but it will hold all what you see together.
Can you find that colour in the rabbits?
One of the fun things we can do to get this "pastel effect" is let core show in our wool, you do this by having you water super hot with dye and wool present with an acidy dye bath, it will give a great effect on already colour wool of light to medium values. You can add two or more colours by waiting for the water to clear each time.

Note: This is the stuff that you can learn on the Mat on a daily basis, it is all archived and RICH with what you want to know to hook and grow as an artist. You can also ask me most anything and I'll do the best I can to aid you. $36 a year? How could you pass this up?
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