Beet Juice, Fabric Transfers & Sketching


Remember my post about my roasted veggie salad?  Well, I roasted some beets again… just lovely…. but with the pieces I trimmed off, I boiled in water and made beet juice to dye some fabric pieces in.. check it out…..

Here are some pieces of cotton fabric and lace.. before the dying.

I boiled the beets in water and let it cool.. then stored in a squeeze bottle.  And let me tell you.. this juice has some serious staining going on.  When I was peeling them, my hands were so red.. then I read that in the original Red Velvet cakes, beet juice is where they get the red from.  Who knew?

Even after storing my juice in a container, I put cold water on top of the still remaining pieces and it’s still as red as ever… AND you know what else is pink if you eat a lot of beets?  Well.. never mind.

I put the fabric/lace into an aluminum pie pan and squirted and brush/dabbed on the beet juice.  Using rubber gloves, I squeezed the remaining liquid and let them dry.

These pieces are so pretty… Not sure what I’m going to do yet, but maybe some transfers and some sewing to put on a mixed media piece or on a journal page…

AND….. speaking of transfers, I was playing around with some fabric transfers.

I printed out two pictures of my funky faces I drew and a copyright free photo of a fairy.

These are small pieces of muslin..about 4″x3″.  I printed (ink jet, rough side) on a sheet of transparency film and used Golden Soft Gel Medium to transfer onto the muslin.  I think I’ve mentioned before that the transparency transfer method is my favorite and always works for me.  You can see the colors of these transfers.. almost exact from my printed picture.  They are so vibrant alone.

Click to enlarge pictures.

Once I let them dry, I did a small touch up with some acrylic paints.  On my faces, I painted the lips a bit more with red acrylic and used gold sticky spiral and added gold glitter to some areas.  With the fairy, used the gold spiral and gold glitter to make stars.  Maybe some sewing with gold thread all around the fabric edges?  What do you think?

THEN….Just for fun.. During the American Idol commercials (there so damn many of them), I’ve been sketching some faces without too much thinking.. just going for it…. Here’s a bunch crowded together.  Funny to look at each one.. do they remind you of anyone?

That’s my studio play for now.  Hope you enjoyed the peek.

I’ll be doing an update on my LARGE JOURNAL I’m making.. using the Bold Background pages I made from poster board. They are coming out yummy.  So.. stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by.



8 responses »

  1. I LOVE the beet juice color. Just last Monday on Mike and Molly, Mike’s mother said that she didn’t wear makeup but would sometimes put a little beet juice on her lips at Christmas for midnight Mass!
    The faces are cool. So diverse!

  2. Hi Judy,

    You are having so much fun aren’t you? Your experiments are so inspiring. I love all your faces. Have you ever played around with Zentangles in your designs? I think tangling would make great additions to your work.

    Keep playing, have fun.
    Bobbie P.S. When I use my juicer and cut up beets to add, it truly is amazing how powerful the red stains are to get out of my hands.

  3. Thanks Raine and Bobbie.. Oh my I don’t think I have the patience to make Zentangles, Bobbie. When Tricia was teaching us and she told us to relax, I was saying to myself.. “c’mon hurry and get this done”.. Sorry Trish.. love ya. Beet juice for lip color… who knew?

  4. Will your fabric and lace be wash fast? I know you can never get the stuff out if you slop beetroot accidentally over a new white shirt ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, its such a lovely shade of pink! Love your experiments!

  5. Judy girl, you are SOOOOO creative!!! You have found a way to bring your passion for cooking into your artwork. Fabulous! What a lovely shade of pink. I should try that with yarn. 😉 Gorgeous transfers and your faces are so much fun!

    love ya,

  6. You did very good job so,beet juice is a great dye for fabrics. Is carrot juice a good dye for clothes too.Good stuff.

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