These are the wash fast acid dye samples above before steaming and washing.
These are the same samples after steaming and processing – but drat it, not in the same order, sorry. Note how the original rust and paprika colors turn almost a bright rose once processed and lighten down to shades of pink. I won’t use these in my palette. These also clumped together in the washer and I got a lot of back staining, so pink seems to have invaded almost every strip.
The grays and browns seemed to fare a lot better in the sampling and I’m optimistic about using the charcoal and smoke gray, less so with the mouse gray, which has the lavender cast to it. The brown works well too. The processed green has far more blue in it while the unprocessed color has far more yellow.
As I suspected, the new cloth I painted and printed also changed color in a few places as well once I steamed and washed it.
Dried dye, before steaming.
After steaming. The results are quite surprising and I’m going to check with Pro Chem tomorrow yet again to see if I’m overlooking some extremely important detail!
Where did all that wonderful warm, yellow gold go?? The areas where it remains are the ones where the application was the most concentrated. I actually discharged the top left and right quadrants on Friday after processing the piece where I had impulsively printed those dark brown marks. You can see that those are now a sort of rust color which quiets them down a little.
Needless to say, I was disappointed in these initial results. Part of me knows it’s just a first layer and I can work with additional layers of dye and paint to flesh out and complete that brown shape, but another part of me wants to set this aside and start over with a new piece of cloth and use this one to test out ideas.
I’ll decide once I get to my studio next which it will be!