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DESIGN: Blue Fairy Wings
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Published: November 22, 2007
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This set is more than likely the one's that I'm going to do for my final. The base fabric is a really sheer silk, and the wire frame structure will either be black or white, I'm not sure which yet...

The pattern gets laid out on the fabric, and then the whole sheet gets dyed. Then, I'll have to discharge out the blue/green dye to get the white veins in it, and then cut the wings out and assemble the wings. Luckily, for my final, I just have to have the fabric dyed and discharged; I don't have to have the wings fully assembled, otherwise, I might die.

Ha, bad joke.

Get it? Dye. Die.

I know, I'm horrible.

I really don't like fairy wings where the wire is all around the edge of the wings; I much prefer the fabric to be able to hang loose and flutter. Besides, I think it defeats the purpose to dye the fabric if you have to do two identical layers - you mine-as-well paint them in that case, since the thickness of the paint wouldn't matter if there are two layers, and they're stiff so they don't move!

So, hopefully, this is what my final will come out looking like!
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ARTenshi's avatar
i wanted to use it for some base editing but i can't :((
Flylend's avatar
FlylendProfessional Traditional Artist
no one is worthy enough to steal them because you have made an original drawing great job
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taeliacProfessional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Why thank you ;P
torndarkness's avatar
torndarknessHobbyist Artisan Crafter
i have a question for you... i have this thing for swallow tail wings... and i love your design... may i perhapses use your design, but change the colours, for a tattoo?
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taeliacProfessional Artisan Crafter
Sure! I would be honored ~ if you would like an un-watermarked version or something, just let me know :D I have the uncolored version somewhere, too~

I always wanted to get wings tattoo'd, but I've already started a back piece, and it would look weird *is sad*
torndarkness's avatar
torndarknessHobbyist Artisan Crafter
an un-watermarked one would be great! i really appreciate it. when i go looking for a tattoo i always look on dA first because i rather use someone's art work from here then let a tattoo shop design it. plus, i love your wings!
Shizuzeru's avatar
Oh i love that. <3
taeliac's avatar
taeliacProfessional Artisan Crafter
:D Thank you :glomp:
sorgie's avatar
The 'tail' is gorgeous on these. Great design and good luck. ^^
taeliac's avatar
taeliacProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!!

I just draped the wing pattern pieces, and now I really want to get working on these!! Now, to wait for the dye to get in... -___-;;
Riztally's avatar
:lmao: Good joke!!

Those are so pretty!!! :nod: Can't wait to see them!!
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taeliacProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I just got the fabric, now to wait for the dye to arrive *is anxious*
MistralEbony's avatar
Yeah, I like this one better than the Autumn one. It's really pretty and I love the colors. And it looks like it trails on the floor, which would be neat.
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taeliacProfessional Artisan Crafter
I like this one better, too - just because I :heart: the blue like nothing else! I'm afraid that they dye will come out splotchy, but either way, it's worth trying :D
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Maiden-ChynnaHobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow thoses are just beautifull!
Aeternus-Spero's avatar
I was just doing some silk dyeing the other week--instead of discharging out the white, you could try using something called Batik EZ. It's a fabric resist, just like people use in the wax-batik method, but way easier!
You paint it on your fabric first where you want areas to be white, and then you dye it (either paint the dye on or dip it). The resist washes out in water--pretty cool, huh? Here's a link to how to use the Batik EZ: [link]
I've also heard you can use Elmer's blue school glue gel.
Here's a link to the gel glue method:
[link]
Let me know how that works for you!
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taeliacProfessional Artisan Crafter
I was definitely thinking of doing something like that, but I'm afraid that it won't allow me to fold up the fabric like I will need to to get the mottled dying affect for the other layers... do you know if it cracks or anything like that? My instructor dissuaded me from doing anything like that, because they tend to crack...

Thank you for the links, though - I'll definitely see about using them, either for this or something else :D
Aeternus-Spero's avatar
Yeah, if you used wax like most batiks usually do, then they'd crack, but I don't think this stuff does--I just did a silk scarf, and if you rinse the resist out, it won't have a chance to crack.
Just out of curiosity, why would this method not allow you to fold or crunch up the fabric? Once the resist dries, you can flex it and all--at least I'm almost positive.
Do you plan on dipping it for the dye, using brushes, or squeeze bottles? I'd love to know how all this turns out!
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taeliacProfessional Artisan Crafter
I thought most batik's kept you from being able to crunch up the fabric, as it normally cracks. Even the one's that aren't completely wax based sometimes get that bleed underneath, I thought... hmm... now I definitely have to play with that!

I'm going to be folding up the fabric and applying the dye with bottles in various concentrations, trying to achieve a more mottled pattern. I may have to dip it for the initial light blue, though, just to have that as a nice base, but I'm hoping I can get away without having to do that, too *crosses fingers*
Aeternus-Spero's avatar
It really does depend--it can get crackly with the wax batik of course, but it's always fun to experiment, at least! Good luck with that!

With the dipping, you can mix up a dye in an old milk jug with the top 1/3 cut off, and that makes a nice cheap dipping pot. The mottled application sounds nice, especially for the loverly wings.
Happy dyeing! (hahaha, puns...)
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taeliacProfessional Artisan Crafter
I'm definitely going to try a batik resist one of these days, thank you!

I just thought I'd let you know that the discharging worked phenomenally, especially if you mix it with a thickener meant for silk painting... it's super easy to work with, and for some reason, doesn't smell as bad as discharge did when we worked with it in class...

:D
Aeternus-Spero's avatar
Really?! Cool!
So, when you say discharge--is that like a bleach? Or is that another kind of chemical? I've never heard of that being used before!
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