SOEWN EARTH

The Earth Reliant Artist



Trace Willans All Natural Mixed Media







Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Playing with Paint Rags



I have been playing with my paint rags
Here they have been washed and dried


a layer of traditional gesso is added
then left to dry


spending time in the tiny indigo vat
this is outside on the decking railing


and then into the Xanthorrhoea Resin bath



a finished sample
though this one went into the indigo first 
and then the Xanth

Some of these have been folded
into concertina books
and are for sale on in my Etsy Shop
Book 1 SOLD

Book 2 SOLD

Book 3

Book 4

Book 5 SOLD

Now I am exploring what happens 
when I put the pieces in wet
rather than dry

and I am working on a series of books 
with small samples in
to sell

Also getting ready and excited about 
my upcoming workshop
for Wendy Bailye
down Brisbane way
see in the side bar
if you are interested


x te



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Tiny Indigo Vat

I have been playing with a teeny tiny indigo vat
It is in a Djon Mustard jar
a little indigo powder dissolved in meths
a little lime and 
some agave syrup


I have dyed some little 
woven squares
all silk except the one second row
on the left 
which is 
nettle fibre

this one was left in the pot overnight
and is very vibrant

I have also dyed a skein of 
linen paper tape

which I am now weaving into
another square
each side is some where between
7 and 8 cm

So no matter how small your container 
you can still dye with indigo
the advantage here is that
the little jar soon
heats up in the sun

x te

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Mixed media Dye Samples

I will be popping down to Brisbane next month to teach a workshop for Wendy Bailye 
So I thought people might be interested in some of the effects we will be getting during the workshop
These samples are all on paper but will work equally as well on fabric


adding inked tea bags after dyeing


Xanthorhoea resin and gilding

a dyed tea bag


mark making



Transfers before dying

writing in ink

writing in pencil

printing before dyeing

adding a bit of weaving


stitch

print and stitch

stitch

prints

fabric and stitch on paper

ink and stitch 

ink and wispy marks

print

these last are from a small concertina book


fabric stitched on and marks made



ink + marks + stitch


more fabric

I am really looking forward to spending
a few days immersed in making
mixed media treasures

x te