I love the subtle effects that paintsticks give and how you can blend colours. In this first example on black paper, some of the paper came away as I removed the masking tape – the lighter areas. The second sample is on black fabric.
In the bird sample below I was worried that the paint had got underneath the freezer paper, but I rather like the effect this has produced. I brushed on the orange first, then the blue.
The yellow fabric paint does not stand out very well from the black fabric below, but both pieces have a subtle effect.
Apart from the undesired blobs of wax, I think the two colours work well together here. The fork gradually changed shape as I dipped it in the hot wax!
Below, the fabric was a bit too thin as the bleach spread beyond the holes.
As I love the effects you can get with compressed sponge I did several experiments with an egg shape. Below I used bleach on black khadi paper. This worked a bit too well, not leaving many speckles.
Bleach applied on paper painted with Koh-i-nor. Too much removes all the colour, a bit less gives interesting effects.
Decolourant brushed on the jeans fabric
Decolorant sprayed through plastic mesh on to a predyed red cotton fabric (an old skirt), that had been passed through an indigo vat. Only partly successful as I had trouble with the spray. It is interesting how the greenish colour has appeared out of nowhere!
The compressed sponge egg using bleach – again a bit unpredictable. The second sample is with Decolorant and works better. Procion dyed cotton.
Next I dipped the sponge in wax and brushed on blue fabric paint before ironing out the wax. I did a bit of experimental stitching, using whip stitch for the patterning on the eggs.
This was a tree mask made from freezer paper. I then sprayed on Decolorant. I cut a bird shaped stencil which I coloured with Brusho inks. I added a bit of stitching. I think this could be explored and worked on further.