Completed Koi Throw Pillow

Here is the result of my first attempt at using Japanese resist paste in my shibori. Fortunately for me, I live five minutes away from a Japanese market, so obtaining the rice bran and other items needed for the paste was quite simple.  If you are going to attempt to make your own resist paste, give yourself some time and patience to “tweak” the recipe.   I used this recipe from John Marshall’s amazing site.

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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, 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 Her surface and textile designs can be found at

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