The first experiment of the year is flour paste resist. A friend and I were talking one day about the various Quilting Arts magazine articles that we have dog earred for 'someday'. Why not today? If you have it and want to follow along, I used issue Feb/Mar 2008 (#31), pg 61: Flour Paste Resist: It's Irresistable by Jane Dunnewold.
Easy to follow instructions, inexpensive supplies we all have, and fun surprise results. The top photo shows the paste with some etching. The middle photo shows the paste after it dried and was painted. I used regular acrylic paint with a textile medium added.
This last photo shows the green resist in my new project. The upper right has some light green watercolor crayon to fill in the white area. Lower left shows watercolor crayon used to draw tulips over top of the green resist crackle.
I learned that I love this technique but not the white background. Next time I will try pasting over a different color background and maybe making my paste a bit thicker. I will also check back after the paste has started to set up to see if I can etch in other designs without the paste closing in on itself.
It is time for all of us to drag out those issues and ideas just sitting there and see if one of them will take you in a new direction with your art. Go Crazy and don't forget to share with the rest of us!