I have dabbled with dyeing my own fabric many times but always gave up because I don't have a dye studio and using dye powders isn't very safe. Especially in a closed environment and the powders can get everywhere. So, I have been buying hand-dyed fabrics from other artists instead.
But then, I took a class from BB Henry during the Virtual Art Summit this month.
She demonstrated how she dyes small strips of fabric with diluted acrylic ink and I was hooked! So I spent the day dyeing lots of strips of various sizes in 5oz plastic cups. I didn't measure anything but just experimented with adding some ink to some water and then soaking the fabric. Of course, the more ink you add, the darker the fabric.
I think I will continue this experiment by layering some of these fabrics together (with B&W stripes) and adding some hand stitching. Next week, I hope to share with you what I have created!
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!