Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: color, flowers

Classic red Asiatic lilies blooming in my front yard.
Simply saturated color.

Categories: color, garden, textures

Some colorful coleus leaves on my front porch…
Mother Nature’s striking entry for another TEXTURE TUESDAY!

Categories: color, flowers, nature, seasons

Beautiful blankets of blue covered with spreading scillia plants.

A wonderful blue carpet with an occasional “pop” of daffodil yellow!
Spring is wonderful!!!

Categories: color, creativity, summer camp

So I’ve been a fan of tie-dyed t-shirts for a VERY long time.
And for those who are not at Lillstreet on a regular basis, you might be surprised that I wear one pretty much every day that I’m in the studio! I think it’s the colors, the patterns, the fun activity of making the tie-dye… and some sort of childhood flashback to Summer Camp fun. Yes, my very first job ever was a Summer Camp counselor… and look at me now… STILL a Summer Camp counselor!!!

And with Summer Camp coming up again… and PROJECT RUNWAY focusing on tie-dye as high fashion last week… I felt it was time to step-up my game and make some new t-shirts!!! And thanks to my friend Jill Miller of Hooey Batiks for inspiring me with a little tutorial advice on how to ice-dye! Didn’t sound too difficult… so here I go…

No need to tie them all up with tight rubber bands… more of a crumpling and “holding in place” with a couple rubber bands. Its going to be the ice and the dye that does all the work! So I decided to start with four shirts… two new white ones, and two colored shirts that have a couple stains “to be creative-camouflaged away.”

And then I covered the four t-shirts with a bag of ice cubes from the convenient store.
I tried my best to cover every part of the shirts.

Then you sprinkle dry dye powder on top of the ice. It’s kind of “random” as you’re sprinkling… I’m more accustomed to dipping into colors where you can “control” what part you dip into what. Sure, the folding, twisting & crumpling are all part of the pattern & end result… but I’m not so confident on the colors I”m going to get out of this pile of ice & color?!!! I’m thinking this might come with practice… but this is my first try… so here we go!

As the ice melts, the powder dye dissolves and kind of “travels” with the water as it drips & seeps into the fabric.

And it seemed like this batch went well… my first time ice-dying…
so why not do two more quick while I’m all set-up?

So here’s a quick peek at my new tie-dyed shirts… actually more “ice-dyed”… but you get the idea. I’m pretty excited for these new designs & patterns. I’m kinda digging the ice-dyed technique. A lot easier, quicker and “newer” than traditional tie-dye with a ton of rubber bands! Don’t get me wrong… I still have rubber bands… I still have dye… and I still have t-shirts… never say never!

Unfortunately, these still need to be washed to get some of the extra dye out…
which is also when you lose some of the beautifully vibrant colors.
I wish there was a way to keep them this bright… but they’re just t-shirts, right?!!!

 

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Categories: color, patterns, theater

Another night.
Another theater.
Another selection of hideous theater carpet designs!!!

Categories: color, creativity, patterns

Okay, so I have this odd “fascination” with ugly hotel & theater carpets!!!
They’re always crazy colors, patterns & designs that go with NOTHING ELSE!!!
So imagine my surprise when I found this one to be not so terrible… uh oh…
sure, nothing I would want in my house… but it caught me off guard,
and now I’m a bit concerned my taste-level might be in question?!

Categories: color, friends, garden, textures

So many colors. So many textures. So many patterns! Loving all of these different coleus plants that my Peoria friend Rosene has been propagating in her basement. She’s already working on next’s year’s crop… some of which might just make it up to live on my front porch next summer?!!!

Categories: color, flowers, nature

These may just be my new favorite flower?
LOVING THE DAHLIAS!!!
Kinda glowing with color… no filter needed!!

Categories: color, nature, seasons, textures

Today started as a beautiful Fall day. Crisp & sunny.
But then the clouds moved in… at least the Fall colors & textures remained.

Categories: art fair, artists, color

EVEN CUTER IN COLOR!!!
Cory McCrory is rockin’ it for our collaboration coming together this weekend
at ART IN THE GARDEN this Saturday & Sunday in Glenview, Illinois!