Monday, September 17, 2018

Visit to Point Lobos

Earlier this month, my husband and I took a short trip to Carmel.
  It is one of the most beautiful areas in the whole country. 
We visited Point Lobos, which is spectacular!

Below is a picture of a very unusual plant with trumpet like blossoms that we saw in the Barynyard shopping center in Carmel. If anyone knows what the name of this plant is, 
please comment to let me know.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Arashi Shibori T Shirt with Fabric Paint

In my last post I wrote about the class Kathi and I taught using fabric paints to create wonderful textures and designs.  In the class I had unwrapped a T-shirt I had painted the day before using the arashi shibori technique, but with fabric paints instead of the dyes I usually use. I liked it except for a large white area that didn't get the paint.

So the next day, I rewrapped it around a larger cylinder, using an 8 inch diameter concrete form made of thick cardboard. This enabled me to stretch out the part of the T-shirt needing the pattern. I added the paint, continuing the lines from the rest of the shirt.  I think it turned out pretty good. The back is a little bit lighter than the front. So my conclusion is that paints are a little easier to use because you don't need to deal with chemicals and soda ash soaking, mixing powders, etc., but the dyes give you more intense colors because they penetrate the fabric more than the pain does.