Sunday, October 23, 2011

Christmas or Halloween Block?

Sometimes I get carried away with staining and when I use the Java, I have to be more careful. The first time, it came out too dark, all over. So, I rinsed it out and redried it and this is what happened, a bit spooky for a nativity piece, lol. Guess I need to rinse it out more and add walnut this time, the black tends to pull in as it dries and leaves splotches, which is nice on some pieces, but not what I planned for this one;) As you can see, with java, which is a black stain, it leaves green marks too, which gives it a more aged look. Would like to leave the dark on the rest, but try and get rid of the skeleton marks, which happened totally by accident.


13 comments:

Fiona said...

The skeletons are effective... even if it was by accident they happened!!
Hugz

Jacque. said...

ohmygosh...spooky looking!

Quilting I love said...

That is definitely spooky. Interesting how the skeletons just appeared by accident--how freakish! LOL
Happy Halloween!

Nina Lise Moen said...

It must have been scary to put the lovely quilt into coffee! Except for the sceleton effect, the dye job worked out very well I'd say.
I have tried painting tea onto too white and bright fabrics, and it worked fine, but I don't think I have tried a whole quilt. Sounds like coffee dying is a science all by itself. Good luck with your next step!

Cat Haven Crafts said...

Weirdly spooky! LOL.

Allie said...

Yep, spooky - but I like it! It looks intentional, that is very strange how that happened!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Wow...that would totally freak me out! Those skellies are perfectly positioned they look intentional!! Staining stuff scares me - seems I either under-do it or overdo it.....Good luck! Happy Monday! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

Well that technique will be great for a halloween piece! AT least you learned something. :)

deb said...

how in the world did that happen with the skeletons....wow.....but I do love the prim look of it, awesome!!!!

~Madalynne~ said...

I like the way the skeletons define the bodies. Staining is such a hit or miss kind of technique ~ sometimes I put coffee/tea in a spritzer for a more subtle look :)

Ruth said...

I like it. But you could use some type of discharge paste to remove the stains.

Soggibottom said...

CHRISTMAS :-) x x x

Carole said...

It's a sign! LOL Love it! Thanks for sharing!