|Crystal organza overlay with bleeding edges|
Dianellas are grass-like plants, generally known as flax lilies, and these particular ones are native to Australia. The seed heads had marvellous delicate swirly shapes that attracted us at once for transfer printing. We also used daisy leaves, lemongrass seed heads, celery, rosemary leaves and photinea leaves.
Here's one from Nola using multiple layers and photinea leaves.
|Yellow background, dianella seed heads and lemongrass seeds as resist with blue|
|Yellow background, then resists of celery leaves and dianella seed heads, overprinted with magenta|
Yellow fabric, lemon- Yellow with daisy leaf, blue Yellow background,
grass seed heads with with dianella seed heads blue with daisy leaf
blue, dianella seed heads
These ones are Nola's:
Another interesting feature of transfer printing is using commercial papers. Many man-made fibres are printed commercially using this method and, once the image begins to fade, the papers are sold as wrapping paper. This is like a heavy-weight tissue paper, usually with rather dull-coloured images. Nola had two of these papers to experiment with, one of dolphins...
We bought our Polysol dyes from Batik Oetoro. The trick with this technique seems to be to use an iron that is as hot as the fabric will stand. Using baking paper between your iron and the paper and fabric allows you to use a higher heat that you might usually do with man-made fibres. Like so many of these techniques, it's just a case of experimenting until you get something you like.