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Greater Than The Sum - Combining Techniques

I like to combine different techniques. Each technique or product has its strengths and weaknesses. Combining approaches provides more opportunities for self-expression.

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This tutorial uses a T-shirt is an example. My goal was to convey a sense of a wild wintry wind.

Looking through my supplies, the only way to get a few of the colors I wanted was to blend Dye-Na-Flow. So I started the t-shirt with Dye-Na-Flow, blending some colors and using others as is.

The muddy beige lines in the following pic are a resist that provides a border to keep Dye-Na-Flow from spreading willy-nilly. This resist washes out.

Here's the finished Dye-na-Flow, my first layer of creating the shirt, after it has dried, been set, then washed to get out the resist. Ready for more painting:

Next step: I drew with Jacquard's Water-Based Silver resist. It has a lovely metallic quality:

If your efforts don't result in what you envision, adding other techniques or products can bring the piece to life. Using various approaches helps a piece culminate. Example: Despite the T-shirt's swirls of Dye-na-Flow and silver resist, adding blue lines finally made the windblown look I wanted. I used a fine point Tee Juice pen:

I added other details with green Tee JuiceI wanted the shirt to hint at winds blowing cold, with green buds starting to show.

After the Tee Juice and silver resist dried, and I'd set them, I added Lumiere Super Sparkle to bring frost and snow to the wind:

I wanted more wintryness = add another product. Mixed three Pearl Ex colors (into Jacquard's Colorless Extender) for the color I wanted: a subtle and soft lavenderish pearl, which I applied and set.

Enjoy combining techniques. Go for broke! Here is another Detail of the finished painting:

Frame, wear, or do both: Display on a rod slid through the arms, an easy, modern presentation to bless your home, and allowing you to quickly remove the shirt for wearing.

This tutorial was provided by Francesca De Grandis, from her site Outlaw Bunny.


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