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Dish soap resist experiment - a tutorial

The June/July issue of Quilting Arts had an article in it by Julie Booth on using dish soap as a resist on cloth.  I've done that before, and it suddenly occurred to me that it might work very nicely on paper as well, so I set off to experiment.

Materials & Tools

Dish soap (I used Dawn, because that's what I had!)
Watercolor paper
Black acrylic
India ink
Colored acrylics, Inktense pencils, etc

1. This first card was stamped all over, simply using my finger.  After allowing it to dry, I painted it with 1/2 India ink (left) and the other half thinned black acrylic.

2. After rinsing off the soap, you can see that both sides faded, but the ink side faded the most.

3. Because it's pretty faded, softer colors showed up really nicely when diluted and brushed over the piece.

4. In the spirit of experimenting, I made another piece that used undiluted black acrylic.  I really don't like the look of this one nearly as much, but it may have its uses.

5. The take-home lesson for me was to not make the black acrylic too dark, and experiment more with different strengths of colored acrylics and pencils.  I like the spiral piece the most, and will probably use it in something soon.

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