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Pink doodle scarf

In my last post about dyed scarves, I mentioned that I usually have a pile of “needs more work” scarves somewhere.. Most of my scarves get dyed twice so I can make those interesting resisted patterns on them, but I don’t always know what the second round is going to be, so that’s why there’s a pile.

I took a pink inkblot-looking scarf out of the pile, and decided instead of overdyeing it, I would draw on it with black acrylic ink. It is.. weird, yes. But Kind of cute.

inkblot doodle scarf

There are dogs, bears, squid, flowers, snails, rabbits, shapes, and who even knows.

inkblot doodle scarf

inkblot doodle scarf

inkblot doodle scarf

inkblot doodle scarf

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the trash scarf

When I dye and paint my scarves, I like to keep one or two around for testing out techniques and materials, or for somewhere to use up any excess thickened dye. I guess they’re kind of like scratch paper? Rags? Here are two examples I just retired:

inky trash scarf

I started this one about a year ago when I bought my first bottles of acrylic ink. There’s ink and dye on this. I tested shading with a small brush, how the colors would bleed if they were wet, and how the colors mixed with white, among other things. I also dip-dyed it and did some other stuff.

dye trash scarf
This one features a few months’ worth of thickened dyes. It was doubled up on a hanger, and I globbed the thickened dyes on it and let them drip down on their own. Usually after I retire one of these, I resist it and overdye it in some way, but I think this one looks pretty good as it is.

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hoagie scarf

continuing my recent food theme..

hoagie scarf

hoagie scarf

hoagie scarf

Fiber reactive dyes and acrylic ink on 100% silk crepe de chine.

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macaroni and cheese scarf

First there was the pizza scarf, and then there was the macaroni and cheese scarf..

doodled macaroni and cheese scarf

doodled macaroni and cheese scarf

Vat dyed in fiber reactive dye, then I stretched it on the frame and drew all the macaroni with acrylic ink. Went back and added some thickened yellow-orange fiber reactive dye to highlight the noodles.

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Pizza scarf

I wanted to do some more painted scarves before my shows in March, but my sketchbook has been light on good animal-themed things lately, so I was thinking about food, and what I did with the pigeon scarf from last year, and then oh right how about a whole pizza scarf?

pizza scarf

pizza scarf

Outlines are acrylic ink and the color is fiber reactive dye.

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Sketchy jellyfish scarf

This is the last scarf I finished painting in 2014, in the first week of November. Just took pictures this week. It was a fast one. The black outlines and white highlights are Tsukineko acrylic ink and all the other colors were thickened fiber reactive dyes. A sketchy, smeary thing, based on photos from a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in 2009.

Sketched jellyfish scarf

Sketched jellyfish scarf

Sketched jellyfish scarf

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Mothra scarf

mothra

mothra

mothra

Fiber reactive dye and Tsukineko acrylic inks on 100% silk crepe de chine.

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Snail and cabbage scarf

Snail and cabbage scarf

Snail and cabbage scarf

Snail and cabbage scarf

Fiber reactive dye and Tsukineko acrylic ink on 100% silk crepe de chine

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Pigeon scarf

pigeon scarf

pigeon scarf

pigeon scarf

Fiber reactive dyes and Tsukineko acrylic inks on 100% silk crepe de chine.

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Custom painted scarves

I took the summer off from doing shows, and spent most of my time making clothes. But I did have two people send in requests for illustrated scarves. I delayed posting the first, finished in June, because it had to travel allllll the way to New Zealand to be given as a gift, and I didn’t want to spoil it for the recipient. It is easily the cutest thing I’ve made this year, and I like how it turned out. Hedgehogs at twilight:
hedgehogs at twilight

The background sky and grass were painted with thickened fiber reactive dyes, and the hedgehogs, flowers, fireflies, and stars were painted with acrylic ink.

The second scarf was done in July. It’s a loaf of bread and a bird named Archimedes from the video game Team Fortress 2.

custom TF2 scarf

The middle part was tie-dyed with thickened acid dyes, and the figures were done in acrylic ink.

I love doing these, and considering I’ve just signed up for my first fall show, I need to get cracking on some more.