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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dyeing fabrics

I wanted to finish my doll this weekend but on Friday I did my back in so could not do much as I found sitting up very painful. However I did manage to dye some fabrics for the doll. Nothing strenuous I used some of the shavings from the inktense pencils since I did not want to waste the colour and it is amazing how much of colour gets shaved off while sharpening pencils as you can see. So I managed to dye some cheesecloth with this water.
I wet the lace and gently ran the pencil over it to colour the lace. So this is what I have been doing while resting my back
Hope you all had a creative and restful weekend

14 comments:

  1. Hi Shashi, first of all I really hope your back is much better this morning. Backs are funny things they work fine for ages and then decide to go on strike! I really hate having a sore back but the only thing to do is rest, so you were right to take it easy.
    Secondly, I had no idea you could use pencil shavings to make dye. How did you discover that? You are using all the colours I like best – soft greens and blues are always so pretty, and they match the image from the front of the book perfectly.
    Have a lovely week, Barbara x

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    1. My back is much better today. Have to be careful that I make no sudden movements though. Barbara you can't do this with all pencils. These are special water colour pencils which have a sort of dye or ink in them and work like watercolours but once dry unlike normal water colours become permanent.

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    2. That’s fascinating Shashi, I wasn’t even aware you could get such things. There is a really good art shop (or it looks good to me) in Dorchester. I must go and have a proper look next time I’m there. Glad your back is on the mend. Barbara x

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  2. Oh you poor thing. I hope your back is better today. Do get it checked out won't you Shashi- my chiropractor recommended ice and I always have 2medicinal icepacks at the ready in my freezer.
    What a wonderful idea to use the Inktense pencil shavings! The colour is lovely. Do take care and get well very soon. xxx

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    1. Yes I thought waste not want not and did not have the heart to throw away so much of colour which I could use.

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  3. Hope your back is better soon. Love the colour of your lace :)

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    1. Thanks Wendy I feel better today but it was a wasted weekend after I had planned to finish the doll

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  4. hope you back is feeling better

    do you have to set the fabric with anything after using the inktense pencils?

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    1. As far as I know they become permanent once they dry Jen. Oh I love them the colours are so intense even after drying

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    2. the colours are gorgeous and still nice and bright when they dry (on paper for me at least :) ) haven't used them for anything but drawings :)

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  5. this is so cool - I didn't know u could use shavings from Inktense pencils for dye...wow. can't wait to see the finished doll.

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  6. Sandy for dyeing small stuff in small quantities it is great as one is then using up that which would have been thrown away.

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  7. Oh, I love those blues and greens..... how pretty they are ...

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  8. Thanks Vee I bought some green silks which I wanted to use on her so it worked out well.

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