Carol R. Eaton Designs

Carol R. Eaton Designs

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Channeling Cave Paintings!

My attempt to go back in time and create like a cave dweller! 
I created a piece of confetti dyed fabric that I thought was too plain. I lived with it on the design wall for a few days and thought it looked a little like stone.... mmm.. something prehistoric was creeping into my mind! 

I pulled out a thermofax screen created from pictographs. A few years ago on a family vacation near Moab, Utah I took a photo of the ancient symbols.
Terri Stegmiller custom made the screen - check out her shop!
The design is a group of antelope (?), horseback riders and a dog (?). I am not 100% sure what the story is telling but the area in Utah has many similar stories left behind by our ancestors. 
I wasn't quite satisfied so I laid the fabric on cement and rubbed it with Shiva paint sticks
I checked out cave painting books from the library to research the tools, colors and typical subject matter our ancient forebears recorded. It is amazing to me that in such a primitive culture artists were active in making marks and recording their stories in the caves they used as dwellings. 

Thank you ancient artists - I hope today's mark makers  do you proud! 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Look What Charlene Created!

Charlene O'Rourke made this fabulous fabric collage titled, Baroque. Charlene used a piece of ice dyed sateen for the background, Indian batik and a floral print. Charlene outlined the print with stitching to create this lovely design. 

Beautiful job Charlene! 

Charlene made the ice dyed fabric I made look beautiful. If you need a unique piece of fabric for your art work please hop over to my Etsy shop to look around. My fabrics are one of a kind so hopefully you will see a piece that grabs your attention! 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Soak + Sprinkle + Spray = Confetti Dyeing!

To create a confetti dyed piece you start by soaking the fabric in soda ash and water for about 30 minutes. Remember this step prepares the fabric for dyeing and accepting the dye in the most colorful way! 

Next wring out the fabric and lay on any surface. I've used a table, the ground and even a bush! Sprinkle the dye powder across the surface. 
There are multiple ways to go from here. Just have fun and experiment! One idea is to hang the fabric on a clothesline and allow the dyes to drip and blend. If you want more interaction try spraying the fabric with a solution of soda ash and water.
Another option is to scrunch the fabric and allow more opportunity for the dye particles to separate and spread. Again, if you want more movement spray the fabric with soda ash and water. 
How about moving the dye around with a found object... go for it and try weird things! 
What do you think might happen if you were to fold your fabric before sprinkling the dye?
I encourage you to go have fun - you can't possibly make a mistake because there are no rules! 
Let me know how your experiments go. 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Indigo Dyeing - First Batch of the Season!

There is something special about Indigo. It connects us to a very ancient tradition of dyeing textiles. The traditional indigo recipe is tricky so I chose to use pre-reduced crystals from Dharma - I know my limitations! 
It is very freeing to grab found objects to clamp or tie into the fabric to create a design. I know there are methods for creating very specific designs but I tend to approach loosely with a free spirit. I am happy to experiment and just see what happens!  

These marks were made using old CD's and hotel key cards! 

The crackle look was created using rubber bands. Once the fabric was washed and dried I sprayed the surface with a bleach/water combination to create the fun spots.   

This piece was loosely pleated and rolled with rubber hands to keep it in place! 

I folded and clamped this piece!

The design came out very different in each section of the fabric! 
I'd love to hear about your Indigo dyeing experience! 

To learn more about the ancient traditions I recommend, Indigo - In Search of The Color That Seduced the World, by Catherine E. McKinley. 

I had a group of artists from SAQA over to enjoy the new Indigo vat. We had a great time! SAQA is an organization dedicated to promoting the art quilt and those who create them! To learn more about SAQA I encourage you to click HERE 

Please take a peek at my Etsy Shop where I sell my hand crafted fabrics! 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

I Opened an Etsy Shop!

Opening an Etsy shop to sell my hand crafted fabrics has been on my to-do list for a long time. Finally, I took the time to figure out the details = yippee... it's up and running! 

The shop name is, CarolREatonDesigns and I upload new fabrics at least once a week! I've appreciated the positive feedback so far from folks who took a peek. I am still available for collaboration with artists working on a special fabric color palette and can be reached via email from this blog!  

Thank you for the support! 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Fencing + Paint Roller + Dye + Fabric = Cool Textures!

My friend Barb Olson showed me how she uses a small foam roller to create patterns from wooden blocks and stencils. I have a lot of tools in my studio but no small rollers. I'm in the frame of mind that I should be using all the tools I have on hand rather than running out to buy more so I commandeered a standard size paint roller from hubby.  
I see many possible designs with this piece! 
I mixed up a batch of thickened dye and poured into a plastic paint tray liner. The roller soaked up the color and I was ready to go!  

The fabric was placed on fencing causing the interesting textured pattern.

I stopped rolling when I was satisfied with the coverage. 
The fabric always comes out a little lighter after washing but this photo reads even lighter than the fabric actually is. There are 2 greens coming through and it's a medium brightness! 

The final piece from the batch is Jade. Again, the photo reads lighter than it is. From my perspective the fabric is brighter than the photo and I'd consider it a medium to bright value. 
What is your favorite way to create a textured looking surface on fabric or paper!