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Lascaux.....and brush water

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

Here's the results from my left over brush water from the first piece that I dyed...(check the 'Kathleen' thread)

It looks like the caves of Lascaux to know, the ones with the prehistoric paintings of the horses and bison. I plan on hand painting the animals on the fabric and quilting the rocks for depth.

There's a show in our local gallery this spring and hopefully, I'll have both pieces ready.

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Benton, KS(Zone 6a)

very interesting. would look great with those pics you plan to put on there and the quilting you plan to do will just top it off!

please show a pic when it's finished....

High Desert, NV(Zone 5a)

Very cool looking. Is it cotton?

I am going to try dyeing some mohair here in a week or so using the Kool-aid method.

I too would love to see pictures of the finished project.

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

100% cotton, although this particular dye will 'take' with synthetics also.

The fabric was wet and spread on a plastic drop cloth in the sun, I scrunched and folded the larger striations in it and used a foam brush to make some bold streaks across it. I used a darker charcoal color with a touch of pearl to just tip the edges of some of the folds. The round dots were pebbles that I scattered across it and the type of dye that it is will burn out silhouettes if left for a bit of time.

I left it there all folded and scrunched till it dried...then took it inside and heat set it with my iron so I could re-wet it. I re-wet it and re scrunched and folded in different areas, making sure that my white ares that were hidden by the previous folds were where I could put color on them. I took darker pigment and lightly tipped the wrinkles and folds with my foam brush. I went back with white pearl and tipped edges again.

It just screamed 'cave painting' to me...I'm researching different ones at the moment and will paint the animals on in a week or so.

Panama, NY(Zone 5a)

I like it! Do you ever do the oven setting method? I put my fabric in the oven for 5 minutes at 300, works a charm, and no wrist strain from all the ironing.

Stan said he thought I'd have fabric out yesterday as it was sunny, but a 10 mph wind with gusts isn't exactly ideal conditions. I'm going to try my "therapy" light - 10,000 lux at 13 inches - and see if that will extend my painting season a bit. And, of course, the "stamping" with leaves etc. is always a possibility.

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

This piece is about 2'x3' Kathleen...however do I put that in my oven?...the leaf piece is considerably larger...nearly 5' long. I figure my outdoors painting is about over too...holidays coming up and, I'm determined to completely finish both of these pieces before spring. If I have nothing else to distract me, I'll get them done and bound before the textile show at the gallery.

(when the weather turns bad, there's always fiber reactive dye...and I've got tons of that too)

You ought to pick up a new magazine called Creative TECHniques.....tons of ideas and project suggestions for folks who like crafty things .....and, their computers. I've got the first 2 issues and am going to subscribe

Panama, NY(Zone 5a)

Fold it! I have a piece of aluminum foil that says "fabric" on it and I fold the piece to fit the foil and put it in a preheated oven. I was a little worried the first time, but I washed one piece in a regular cycle and the water didn't even change color. Works well and is easy.

I just subscribed to Quilting Arts (did I tell you that already?), but I'll check this out too. I told Lisa about the possibility of hand dyeing classes in the spring and she got all excited - I'll just commision you two to do my hand dyes and I'll stick with the paint. I must have had a bad experience with a tye dye project when I was a kid or something. The fabric paint calls to me, but dyes just scare the heck out of me!

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

What about the dryer? Have you tried that? How many folds are too many for the interior to be heated properly in the oven? The smaller pieces I can visualize, but a big hunk (like the leaf panel) looks like it may be too bulky.

Come down and spend a day with me and I'll get you over your fear of the fiber-reactive stuff...I love using it. Totally different spectrum of colors and intensity, but really neat. All the kids around here have their own tee shirts that they've done...including Lisa's Sally.

Panama, NY(Zone 5a)

The biggest piece I've done is about 2' x 4' I'd say just check inside when you take it out to see if it's hot. So far, they always have been very hot on the inside. hmm, if it isn't hot on the inside, maybe you could refold it? Or scrunch it loosely? I don't go much wider than 20 inches as that's how wide my plastic panel is. The length is 4 feet, so I usually stay within that size range.

I should go and get some out - it's sunny now, but there are already puffy clouds showing up. It's probably too cool, though, still well under 40. Time to try out the lights.

Wish I could just drive over!

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

Yeah, we live just to bloomin' far apart. Can you imagine all the stuff we could get into if we were just down the road from each other?

Lisa and I will have a ball this spring....we'll be all sorts of projects planned....we'd be a lethal combination if you were here too.

Panama, NY(Zone 5a)

Just don't go nyah nyah at me! I'm not sure that western Kentucky is ready for a native, a cajun and a yankee on the loose!

It's snowing - I think i'm indoors for a bit.

Benton, KS(Zone 6a)

Well....I think you don't need to guess on whether or not western KY is ready for ya'll or not.....I think you should test the theory and just go!!! hehehehe Ready or not KY!!!! :-)

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

What Kathleen hasn't said is that her daughter and son-in-law bought property about 7 miles from me....Lisa is 12 miles from me...there will come a day this spring when we are all right there...and can get into all sorts of trouble!

Benton, KS(Zone 6a)

Sounds like loads of fun to me Melody.

Ya know....I had to take a double look the first time I saw your town. Our places are so close to looking alike they way they are I almost thought I had a buddy down the street! lol

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

Yeah, I know...I did the same thing.

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

Here's an some of my animals painted on...need one more bovine type in the upper right corner and a couple of will get bound in some type of rough shredded fabric and I have bone beads to put on it...

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Benton, KS(Zone 6a)'s looking wonderful! such a good job! :-)

Panama, NY(Zone 5a)

Well done! Here's my cave drawings poem, written about 8 years ago when Tom was a little guy

Drawing the Letters

I need to draw a story, he says,
I need to draw the letters.
Head down and tongue working, Tom
draws each letter that he knows,
putting them in combinations that
only he can read
He points out A and H.
These spell in Hannah’s name, he says,
recognizing his friend in the picture
of symbols he is only beginning to know.
When he is done, he reads me the story:
a rhinoceros and a leopard fight and then
stop and leave, each to his home.
I think of the walls of caves
covered with stories,
fiercely drawn with symbols
that we are just beginning to know,
each told by an artist whose tongue
worked around the edges
of his wonder.

Bodrum, Turkey(Zone 10a)

wow that is pretty impressive melody.

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

The piece is done, and has been hanging up at the courthouse Gallery all summer and fall. I haven't taken a final picture, but hopefully in the next couple of weeks, I'll go get it and bring it home.

Rose Lodge, OR(Zone 8b)

oh melody, i'm in love with those horses!

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)


I got to get some pictures of it finished.

Amityville, NY

melody, that is just stunning! Beautiful! I have never seen anything like it, except pics ofthe original cave paintings, of course!

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

I need to go and get this and take a picture of the final work. It's been hanging in the local gallery all summer, and is now in storage up there. I am just recovering from 2 broken ankles and have to rely on a wheelchair at the moment.

I added a rough black 'shreddy' border of burlap, a black bull, some red handprints, along with cords with shell and bone 'talismans'.

Rose Lodge, OR(Zone 8b)

Melody, I know yer still laid up from the accident, but PLEASE DO get us some more pix! We're all in love with this piece.

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Oh, Melody,
It sounds like you really went through the wringer. So sorry you were hurt.
I too want a picture, but get well first.
I was over here reading up on any Reactive Dye info I could get. I am using various 100%cotton of 300 thread count or better sheets, some with a satin weave and have been following advise from Hand dyeing 101.
Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
Now back to the search.

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Mesilla Park, NM

Oh my goodness, that is beautiful.. Your work is outstanding.. Wow.

I hope you feel better and get well soon. Good vibes going your way.


Halifax, MA(Zone 6a)

Melody, I love your 'cave painting'. It's beautiful.

Moe/WQahtukques Sochepo

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