Thursday, May 31, 2012

Indigo Mandalas

I've been dyeing a few more mandalas - but I think the indigo vat needs some adjusting as I'm not getting the darker blues.
The one I like best so far is the one below - but it would look much better with some darker blue - there's an inner star in the center that didn't come out clearly.
 I have signed up for Glennis Dolce and Richard Carbin's Indigo Mandala on-line workshop, which begins tomorrow.  I'm hoping to learn more - maybe I could do a daily dyed mandala as a sort of meditation.  I have explored multi-coloured mandalas before with dye, coloured pencils, felts, fabric, and paint - and maybe I will combine the indigo with other natural dyes to see what that's like.
This is a close up of a piece of a lace shirt that no longer fits that I dipped in the indigo.  The threads that stayed white must be polyester, and look like the sky today which is an overcast white with no blue!

7 comments:

Robbie said...

Well, you certainly inspired me! I've signed up for the mandala online class! I'm really excited...your pieces are beautiful!

joe madl said...

those are awesome, yvonne! i, too, am in that class and will be looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

i really LOVE that second mandala that you weren't too keen on the star bit on. have you thought of maybe going back in with colored pencils and redefining some of the shapes? adding technicolor shadows and highlights? could be great fun! you could go back and heat set them afterwards (just remember this will make the colors darker/brighter, so you might want to work in layers and build up the color).

keep up the great work! your blog is always an inspiration to visit!

deanna7trees said...

love your mandalas and the result of that lace dipped in the vat. i'm not in glennis' class but have some instructions for dyeing mandalas and i'm going to try it with the colorhue dyes. you have inspired me to do it real soon.

Yvonne said...

Robbie - oh that's great - 'see' you in the class!

Joe - what a good idea about the coloured pencils - thank you - and I also want to achieve getting the values I want with just dye. Thanks for your enthusiasm - I appreciate it and will also see you in the class!

Deanna - I'm looking forward to seeing!

Robbie said...

I still haven't rec'd any info on the class, Yvonne...have you? Guess I'm tooooooo anxious!!!

Yvonne said...

Robbie - I just received info tonight - and I imagine you probably have by now, too?

Yvonne said...

Robbie - I just received info tonight - and I imagine you probably have by now, too?