Here's the start of another of my color exercises - for once I had the presence of mind to photograph the various stages! I'm using an expanded complementary scheme, with the analagous color range of blue-violet to green, contrasting with orange. I used my "Eye For Color" wheel again - Beverly's templates really make it easy to see what a color scheme is going to look like. The expanded complementary is definitely my favorite!
The first photo shows the wet dye as I initially laid the colors down. While the dyes were still wet, I sprinkled salt crystals over everything. The salt draws the dye to itself, leaving a lighter area around it and a darker blob under the crystal. You can see the
reaction starting to happen in the top photo. It continues until the dyes dry, and the second photo shows the result - interesting shapes and textures.
So that's my first layer; I'll paint another layer over this. Now here's what's so magical about these dyes: until they are set by steaming, you can move them around by re-wetting them. So if I put a dab of wet dye over this dry dye, both layers will move. A hard outer edge will form as they dry. The textures you see here will be lost, but weirder and wonderfuller ones will be formed! I'll admit it's a bit scary - here you see exactly what you have - when you add the next layer you have no idea what you're going to get!