Quilt Testers In Action

Quilt Testers In Action


Monday, January 24, 2011

Flour Paste Result

It was  -8.6°F on the deck this morning. The wood cracked like gunshots when I stepped out on it. Right now it's made it all the way up to 8.8°F. Yuck! I don't mind the snow, but the cold I can do without. It's a good day to stay inside and work on some projects.

Last week I showed you the beginning of an experiment with flour-paste resist. Here is the result.

Can I tell you how much I love this? The crackle reduced the visibility of the words that I carved into the flour paste, making them quite subtle. They actually show up a touch more in the photo than in real life. 

In some spots, the paint seemed to bleed a little. Perhaps I mixed the paint slightly too runny? 

In the close-up below, the "o" and part of the swirl are thicker. These are spots where I went back over my lines in the flour-paste after some time had passed. The paste pulled back away from the skewer, leaving a wider opening in the crust. An effect to be aware of, and perhaps used for a specific purpose at another time.

This is definitely something I will do again, although because of the space and the time involved, I will probably do more of it in the summer.  Then again, there is that kind of bland snow-dyed fabric that I made earlier in the winter that might need a little crackle....

If you give this a try, drop me a note. It would be cool to see some pieces that other people have made. Now I'm going to go bake some bread, to try and warm this house up a bit!


The Fab Furs said...

Brrr...cold! Wow, cool flour paste resist!

Michelle May said...

That is totally cool! No pun intended...really though, I love it!

Lisa said...

That is SO cool! I love how you can barely make out the words. I'm sitting here trying to read it!

Karen S said...

This is so cool and you got great results! You've inspired me to try this next.

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Gina said...

I love that I can't read the words, instead there is a suggestion of a hidden message, and I'd choose to keep the running effect; it adds to the wonderful serendipity!

S.E.Minegar said...

wow. what a cool result. i must look into this.