The best laid plans, as they say...except when it comes to mark making with plants
and other sundry items,
it might be best to put ones expectations aside.
Here is the outcome from last week's science experiment...
Things were going along quite swimmingly with my idea to stuff two pieces of cloth
~ one, 100% silk, and the other 100% ramie ~
with identical ingredients: red cabbage, fresh young bracken leaves, a spiral coil of copper wire.
The wrapped bundles looked promising when they first came out of their simmered cabbage "soup"...
that is, until I got the not-so-bright idea of dribbling a tiny amount of full-strength vinegar onto Bundle #1
(shown in its "before" state on the left, HERE)
aaaarrrrgggghhhh, the whole thing immediately went P I N K
and worse still,
bleached out every mark except for the copper spiral.
Since you never learn anything the second time you're kicked by a mule,
I decided to leave well enough alone...
Bundle #2 was put up to dry
and Bundle #1 was, well, put out to pasture?
In the meantime, a potful of gorgeous darkblueypurpley dye was still sitting there
and I couldn't bear to throw it away...what if...
so I tore the sleeve from a silky thrift store blouse, wrapped it around a chunk of driftwood
with some rusty metal bits
and after a good stew overnight and five days rest,
the binding came off...
time, oh yes, time is your friend.
These are priceless words from a wise, wandering alchemist.
The driftwood soaked up quite a lot of color. In fact, the cloth felt quite dry as I peeled it open
while the wood was still heavy from the moisture.
And it smelled like a big boiled cabbage, tah boot!
Dry down knocked that pink back to a pale lavender, but the blues stayed quite true.
The next thing that happened
reminded me of school days. Ever try to use that line,
"Sorry teacher, but my dog ate my homework"?
True to her nature, Quinn ate my bundler.
But the "homework" was safe.
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Special thanks goes out to Dianne, who recently posted a series of photographs
from her time in San Francisco...all processed with the Snapseed app.
They are glorious and she inspired me bigtime ~ I used the app for this post.
Please go see her images HERE.
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To everyone stateside celebrating the 4th this week, Happy Independence Day all!