“Iced Aqua” Dyeing

For awhile now, I have been looking for a natural or edible material to create an aqua, or turquoise, dye.  I read online somewhere that making an ice bath of indigo yields a more turquoise-like blue.

So today, I tried it.

I blended indigo with “marigold indigo” in a bath of iced water.  The ice, plus the addition of the marigold indigo, created this really pretty aqua.  It was so nice that I decided to use the leftovers to help my boring tea-and-indigo dyed bamboo scarf (see yesterday’s post).

FYI, this photo was taken as the pieces were drying, so I’m pretty sure the color will fade slightly as it dries.

Bamboo scarf with two small iced aqua silks in front
Bamboo scarf with small iced aqua silks in front
Arashi-like Aqua Silk (arashi="storm")
Arashi-like Aqua Silk
(arashi=”storm”)
Drying aqua silk detail
Drying aqua silk detail
Aqua-dyed silk detail
Aqua-dyed silk detail

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Brett Barker

Brett Barker is a painter, textile artist, art/design instructor, and writer whose career spans more than 25 years. Originally from New Mexico, she now resides in Redondo Beach, California. She has taught fine art, artistic design, and textile design to numerous individuals, art guilds, and organizations throughout the U.S. She has a Master's Degree in Art Education from the University of Nebraska. Her artwork sells throughout the U.S. and is available on her website, www.artistbrettbarker.com. She is currently undertaking a year-long investigation of Japanese shibori dyeing that will culminate in a trip to Japan to study under a master shibori artist in September of 2016. Her shibori blog can be found at www.peaceloveshibori.com. Her surface and textile designs can be found at www.brettbarkerdesign.com.

3 thoughts on ““Iced Aqua” Dyeing”

  1. Brett.
    There was a long winded comment I left and my guess is that it didn’t get attached because it was long winded. Will talk about it when I see you again.

  2. Thanks, Michael! I am really enjoying making all of these crazy food-based dyes! Although my kitchen is starting to smell like a school cafeteria…

  3. Brett,
    Am impressed with the results in all of these pieces. Great to see
    that you are trying out different recipes and discovering the endless possibilities in your adventure. I look forward to seeing your new creations each day.

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