The Earth Reliant Artist

Trace Willans All Natural Mixed Media

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