Day 47

Having experimented at ‘painting’ sketchbook pages with Procion MX on the Stitch Retreat, I wanted to try this for myself. I found my pots of primary colours of Procion Mx powder, and set to mixing.

The first colour I made was orange, as I wanted to add some to my printed green jugs. Rather fitting as we ran Hilary out of a whole pot of dye on the retreat!



I mixed up some green, and a fabulous violet, here on a sketchbook page with some white neocolour 1 as a resist:


The green looks great on these tags:


I then made some fuchsia and turquoise straight from the pot, without mixing:


I have a lovely set of tiny measuring spoons, labelled Dash, Pinch and Smidgen, which I’ve been saving till I got brave enough to mix dye, for about 6 years. They got used, and now my jam jars have stuff like ‘a dash of turquoise, a dash and a smidgen of fuchsia’ written on.


2 thoughts on “Day 47

  1. Heather – I meant to say yesterday (but got distracted). Don’t be tempted to use spent dye on paper. I know some people are teaching to use it – but the added chemicals do not react well with paper in the long term. I’ve been dyeing paper for many years and discovered that very early on I’m pleased to say. There are other ways to use ‘spent’ dye which I teach on a regular basis.

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