Friday, July 16, 2010

Oatmeal on Cloth

Last week I created some samples of cloth using oatmeal resist for a demo I'll be doing later this year.  I've done a lot of work with oatmeal, but I wanted to have a complete set of samples showing how altering the variables affects the cloth.  After creating these samples, I have a renewed enthusiasm for oatmeal. 

I started working with oatmeal as a resist about 5 years ago.  It's a little more involved than flour paste, but it creates a very distinctive pattern.  It is also very versatile.  You can achieve vastly different patterns depending on the ratio of water to oatmeal, whether you let the oatmeal dry or not before handpainting and whether you handpaint or immerse.  Below are photos of a few of my samples.

Oatmeal on silk

Hand painted while the oatmeal was still damp

Oatmeal applied with a spoon.  Looks kind of like popcorn, doesn't it?

Immersed instead of hand painted.  If you look closely you can see the paw prints where my cat
jumped up and did "the slide".


  1. I have branched out into grits, so oatmeal will be a logical next step. Looks like fun! I like the texture--keep us informed on further trials.

  2. Grits?? Hmm, haven't tried that. I'll have to add that to my list.

  3. lentils and pasta shapes are what we are playing around with in our latest painting experiments...all can be used in as resists as well.

  4. I like the looks you got with the oatmeal. Seems like I'll have to try it.


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