The Earth Reliant Artist

Trace Willans All Natural Mixed Media

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Workshop at Wendy's

I got back on Tuesday from teaching a wonderful
workshop down near Brisbane
with Wendy Bailye

This time it was
'Natural Dye Mixed Media'

there were outside collaborations

And some lovely jar dyeing

Fabulous works on paper

More mixed media on paper

Some singing yellows

and some wonderful effects

you have to love the purple carrot

that is a little bit of snake skin done in the 
Xanthorrhoea resin

and on the last day every one did a little display




Wendy B

Wendy S

and here we are

I had a great time

x te

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


print and stitch



fabric and stitch on paper

ink and stitch 

ink and wispy marks


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