Discharge and Soy Wax

Colour Project – Purple, Part 3

Above – Discharge paste on commercially dyed Dupion silk

Below – Samples of discharge paste through a Thermofax screen on Scrunch jar dyed Habutai silks and cottons. These have all worked much better than the greens previously. Turquoise doesn’t discharge, so I image there was some of it in that dye pot.  This is where taking good notes at the time would be an advantage!

Above – Silk

Above – Silk, dyed a long time ago, from the result I think there may be some turquoise in the mix.

Above – Cotton sheeting

Above – silk.     Below – Cotton

The next samples are using soy wax a a resist for discharge. The discharge paste was brushed over the fabric.

Above & below- applying the wax with wooden blocks. Cotton sheeting above, below commercially dye silk Dupion.

Above – applying wax with wood block stamp.

Below – using a cork. both on hand dyed Habutai silk

Dyeing and Discharge

Colour Project – Green, Part 5

These fabrics, although not already green, were left over soda soaked pieces (ready for  Procion dyeing) from Linda Stokes Breakdown Printing workshop – they fit the green theme on a technicality! I have used a scrunch layer dyeing technique Linda told us about at the workshop. Small pieces of fabric are squashed into a jar, a small amount of dye added on top, and then the process is repeated changing the dye colour until the the jar is full. Fabrics great for a base layer are created.

Below – Using deColourant to discharge (remove the colour from the fabric) some commercially dyed Silk Dupion samples. Discharge paste was stamped onto the fabric.

Scrunch layer dyed silk habutai with a discharge stamp of plastic lace.

Above – Shibori dyed and below -Scrunch dyed silk habutai discharged with the same stamp.

Above and below – scrunch layer dyed cotton headcloth discharged again with a stamp print.



Trying to find the colour in Black

Colour Project – Black, Part 3

I thought it might be interesting to see if I could make some black colour ‘splits”.  I’ve very basically tested all the pens, paints, dyes etc I have at hand by spraying with water. Most didn’t change, a few have a purple halo (interestingly one was a permanent marker), a Artline Fineliner became blue with a pink, green and blue bleed. The Dispersal powder dye right, bled deep blue and red. I am sure that tests with appropriate solvents on some of these art supplies I could get some interesting results, although I think I will leave this idea here…


This is the first sample of black on black. Using the flower stitcher attachment on my sewing machine.

First thought – I’m remembering that it is really hard to work with black at night.


A few more discharged samples. Applying chlorine bleach with a paint brush.


Layers of black fabrics – satin, chiffon, linen, cotton. Cut through varying layers.  I can see this in a larger piece.



Some of these fabric layers have a black on black print. The ‘shiny/dotty’ fabric is an iron on vilene.




The last set of the discharging theme – Using resists and dipping the fabric in a container of chlorine bleach. The bleach should be neutralized to prevent the fabric perishing long term.

Clothes pegs on linen.



Clothes pegs on cotton.



Cotton fabric tied with elastic bands.

Below left on linen, right below, folded and clamped.


Colour Project – Black, Part 2

Above are the best two of a really uninspiring batch of attempts to  bleach (Discharge) black fabric.

So I read the instructions – Chlorine bleach works on natural plant based fibres (cotton, linen, hemp, rayon etc) Stronger, fresher bleach works best. Some commercially dyed fabrics won’t discharge as they are treated with a chemical to prevent fading.


These fabrics ‘worked’ although were very slow to discharge. The liquid bled a lot giving fuzzy images.



Top two are cotton, next two are linen.


The next two are from a workshop last year. Left, a primitive stencil with gel bleach sponged over it.




Right, a perspex sheet with bleach sponge rolled onto it and stamped onto the fabric.