The result, Roses are Red, is quite pleasing although the edges of the design are not as sharp and hard as with the thickened bleach. Selectively lightening small areas by controlling the bleach to create lighter areas for highlights was really tricky while the fabric was still damp. I used a hair dryer on these areas and the results were a little better. The real trick is to carefully control the amount of bleach in your brush just as with unthickened paint or dye – and to practice.
I don’t think any amount of practice though, would result in the crisp well defined edges you get with a thickener. However, the ability to create a beautiful controlled design with minimal preparation is well worth keeping this technique in your arsenal.
The soft edges of Roses are Red create an impressionistic effect. The crisp hard edges of Rosemaling have a more graphic linear effect. Which is your style?
Give it a try!
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