Rice paste

Dyeing the Work

These photos show my work during the dyeing process. The rice paste resist (golden in color) was "printed" through the stencil and allowed to dry. It forms a strong, yet water-soluble bond with the fibers.  The colors are gently scrubbed into the cloth with a rather dry brush. I paint my colors on in 3 layers, drying the work between each layer, as I learned from John Marshall in 2004. This ensures even coverage as well as a strong bond between the dyes and the fibers.

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In the piece above, I've used the same stencil, based on my species tulips, but have dyed it in a different color palette.

A Favorite Subject with his Prey

The other day on my morning walk I observed this Great Blue Heron fishing in the small lake near my home. It looks like he has caught a baby bullhead. Below that is my minnow design (one of the Heron's favorite subjects) pasted, stretched and ready to dye. My recent batch of rice paste was easier to handle with this rather challenging stencil.

Blue Heron with morning catch

Blue Heron with morning catch

Pasted minnow design

Pasted minnow design