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September 2009
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thoughts and feels and thoughts and feels [userpic]

And so I roam the world: looking, trying, thinking; finding beauty in all the strange places and creating more of it where I will.

I realized something last night: I don't think I'll ever enjoy anything as well as something I make myself. (though the dot sheets in the Delia's catalog were pretty darn cool.) I also realized that I can make a pattern on a circle skirt by getting a couple boxes of Rit dye and mixing them up a little at a time & using them as paint.

I wonder if it's bad if the longer I stay in college, the more I want to make a living making skirts & necklaces and selling them at craft fairs. All I need now is a day job.

Rit dye!

Ok, so I'm the world's cheapest human, but I love art. Had been wanting to get back into traditional Japanese brush work for ages, then got ahold of some Rit liquid dye from a friend, started working with that, and - it works!

I'll throw you at http://nhillium.deviantart.com where amongst other stuff you can see mad dye dementia. I've actually done a lot of professional work with dye too, which has been fun, but all of that was geared towards later modification in photoshop for use in web development.

And... I know what you mean about liking the making of stuff. I live for that. Were I to stop making, my mind would probably melt.

The Joy Of Rit

So now I'm wondering if I can buy colored fabric, paint it with the color-remove stuff, and then layer dye over it (not exactly over, so there'd still be little lighter bits here and there....)


When you used the liquid, did you dilute it or use it straight? And (adjacently) what sort of stuff were you dyeing on?

Re: The Joy Of Rit

Both straight and in dilution, though usually no more dilute than two parts water, one part dye. Dying onto cotton cloth, cotton duck, and dozens of different kinds of paper.

Watercolor paper and general drawing paper seem to work best, as does a tight weave cotton cloth. Painting onto cloth requires after-application of a mordant or acceptance of color-loss later, some of which will occur per was anyway. I generally mist anything I want to stay bright with vinnegar, because the mordant in the liquid dye doesn't work worth a kitten biscuit.