I particularly enjoyed bleaching in my book because I was able to use the bleach on the back of the leaves and print them onto colour to remove it, or onto a blank page to resist colour added on top. I have played with bleach on black fabric before and know it fades to an orangey-pink shade when the colour is removed, so I efinitely wanted to have a go with this.
This photo shows a variety of experiments using black fabric to remove that colour. You can see I experimented with using the leaf skeletons, using the outlines and the negative space, tried a flick technique with the leaf acting as resist. As I was going I kept thinking of more things to try, not everything went to plan but I did find some interesting techniques here.
This video basically carries on from the previous one with some bleaching and also some paint experiments with shapes and skeletons again.
Again I produced some quite bright results from the printing which I really like. I would love to take this further digitally and think I could try and follow the design of the leaf skeleton on Procreate at some point.
I also tried lino on the fabric with the bright colours again. I like these with the detail on the leaves that add a little something to it but not making it really busy.
The results were quite attractive but I think the limitations I am finding with the equipment I can access is causing some issues with my quality, meaning I feel like I would not like to take this any further.
I was very surprised when the green colour lifted as much as it did, so I decided to have a little bleaching session with it, some of the designs did not work, I think the weave of the fabric was a little wide so I think it soaked up the bleach more and meant I could not get very good sharp lines. However the leaf skeletons turned up lovely so I am pleased with that one.
Overall the experiments were interesting and I would like to take the idea of the skeleton forward into pattern, so I think these were important, and timelapse videos definitely help me to keep my work pace up and encourage new ideas as well.