Intricate blues and violets
March 23, 2003
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The details are much finer in the center than at the edges,
with much smaller drops of dye there.
How I did it
Carefully drawn pencil guidelines were essential.
I used a large compass as well as a yardstick and a
protractor to draw 12 equally spaced radial lines through a
center pint, and multiple concentric circles centered upon that
point, up to about 14" (35 cm) in diameter.
I used an Eppindorf automatic pipettor (non-electronic,
mid-1980s model) to drip carefully metered droplets, from 5 to
200 microliters each, depending on the size of dye dot
desired, onto a cotton knit shirt which had previously been
soaked in a solution of 1 cup (250 ml) of soda ash in 1
gallon (4 liters) of water, then line-dried. The dyes were
Procion MX type dye, mixed at approximately 4 teaspoons (20
ml), by volume, per cup of water, along with 1 tablespoon
(15 ml) of urea per cup of water; more was used for black
I did not plan in advance which colors and sizes of drops to
put where; this was a part of the process.
I dyed the background after dyeing the mandala. This was, in
my opinion, a mistake. In the future I will dye the
background first, then fill in the mandala, to avoid messing
up any of the fine details of the mandala itself.
Hand Dyeing Top
How to Dye
How to Tie Dye
How to Batik
Low Water Immersion Dyeing
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