Sunday, August 5, 2007

Chocolate? Well, not quite


Today was not quite as successful as yesterday :-( . Did I mention that I am dyslexic? I decided to make some browns today... I needed them for a project, but I think I reversed the tablespoons and teaspoons. I made the mix up using the Chocolate Brown color I bought pre-mixed, however, it looked too red to me so I tossed in some black... 1 tsp each of the 2 I had. Ok, now the color looked better. I also decided I would experiment with technique a bit... why not? This is how I learn. I used a 200 ct bleached cotton that I soaked in Soda Ash solution for a while, wrung it out and tossed it into the containers. I also decided to see if salt did anything, except I added it at the wrong time. Silly me, I added it to the water I poured into the dye powder instead of making up the concentrate and then adding the salt... I did say I was dyslexic! Oh well... I can try it out another time.
I did not add any more soda ash and let it sit for about 4 hours and went through the usual routine of washing it out, drying and ironing. The gradation did not quite work because my concentration was too deep.
I am not happy with the color and I do not like the effect of the mottling. I think I will not soak my fabrics in the future. The color ranges from what looks to be a very purplish cast to a reddish cast. I wanted chocolate!!! Oh well, I am sure I can find one of my friends who will adore it.

Lime green is next but no gradations this time...

Sherryl

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love the chocolate as much as the purple,cant wait to se what comes next, if you want to see some realy bad ones let me know, that`s why I paint my fabric now instead Rita

Patty said...

I think the colors looked like a rich merlot or a cabernet! I know you were thinking chocolate but dark chocolate has the same ingredient red wine has. Maybe secretly you were needing a glass of wine. . . .

I liked them! (I also like red wine and dark chocolate!)
Patty

Sherryl said...

A nice glass of Pinot Noir would work. Maybe I would like them better.
Thank you all for the encouragement. Even if they don't all come out the way I expect, I am having a blast.

Nikki said...

Even your mistakes and disappointments are beautiful. I love the color, but I'm more of a fan of purple, burgundy and maroon than brown.