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Fit To Be Tie Dyed

Updated on November 19, 2012

Surface Design Is A Passion Of Mine

Fiber Arts is an umbrella term for many types of arts and crafts, from paper-making to printing; Surface Design is getting imagery on (mainly) fabric, certainly not limited to. It's a vast subject that appeals to Art Quilters, Mixed Media Artists and Printmakers alike. It must be a daunting task for those looking to jump into the pool of creativity.

I went to trade school for Screen Process Printing and Photo Offset in the shadow of the World Trade Center, and it sparked my interest for all ways of creating Imagery on Fabric (and other surfaces too). All things Surface Design is a passion of mine.

Katazome: A Dyeing Art

Katazome (Kata means stencil or pattern) is like silkscreening but a paste resist (made from rice bran or komon nuka and Mochiko a sweet rice flour) is used. A stencil is skillfully cut from Katagami paper (laminated layers of rice paper that is treated with persimon juice) and a gauze-like screen material is adhered to the stencil with laquer paint. Sometimes dye is added to the paste (Nazome), or the paste can be applied with something that resembles a pastry bag (Tsutsugaki-Zome).

Paste Resist


Soy Sizing / Mordant


Katazome Stencil Loaded with Paste

An Introduction To Katazome - Katazome Artist John Marshall

I just love John Marshall he is the founding father of Katazome in America; I have his book and video, and now he's on YouTube and he also has a web site and blog. John also gives classes around the country.

Katazome Wall Hanging On Hemp - You Asked For More Of My Work ...

... so here it is. I guess I'm a little modest. Lol

Rainbow Spiral Tie-Dye - The Classic Hippie Attire

A must have, great for spotting your people in a crowd (beach, amusement parks ...) except a Grateful Dead show. Lol

Resistance Is Futile - Occupy Your Studio

Here I'm applying a resist to a design and where it's place the dye wont go; hopefully, sometimes you'll get a breach, us artists prefer to call it "A Happy Accident".

Dyes, Resists & Other Dye Suppliers - Got Color?

  I've done business with just about all of em'.

Everything You Need To Create Your Own Pop-Up Book

Make Money From Your Art - Other Artsy Sites and How To's

  I'll try to turn you onto information about other crafters, teachers and supplies. Its' nice to share. CafePress is a good place to start, a basic store is free.


  If your design sells, you can always have it printed by a silkscreen artist like myself.

Marbled, Marbleized, Marbling ... - Call it what you will ...

... I floated paints on fabric and this is the end result (and one of my favorites).

What type of Surface Design and Fiber Arts are you interested in? Do produce Art, if so what do you make? What advice do you have for High School Students who are putting together a portfolio? Or just stop by say "Hi" and let me know what you think.

Fit To Be Tie-Dyed Guestbook - The Deadicated Group ~ We Do Surface Design

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      @BritFlorida: Thanks for your participation and compliment.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Thank you for commenting on my lens today. I'm so glad that you did because now I've discovered your own excellent articles!

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      @MBurgess: I hear ya; if you lived near by I'd let you play at my place.

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Your designs are really neat! I would love to try doing some tie dying but I don't have the space to get that creative right now! =)

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      gradientcat 5 years ago

      I love the colours.

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      Mark Shearman 5 years ago from Alicante Spain

      I've never tried this it looks great, I'm going to have a go, thanks!

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      ryokomayuka 5 years ago from USA

      This really looks interesting. I would love to do this.

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      Made some tie-dyed tshirts in school. Great fun.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: Thank you for your kind words, participation and Squid Angel Blessing.

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Beautiful designs, I enjoyed this lens very much

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @patriciabruce1: Thank you for your kind words and participation; I appreciate this.

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      patriciabruce1 5 years ago

      Your lenses are amazing! I love tie dye - especially the shirts.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @Gayle Dowell: Your welcome. There are a lot of good videos about dyiework on YouTube.

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      dawnsnewbeginning 5 years ago

      The rainbow tie-die shirt reminds me of time my sister and I tried it a few years back. Lots of fun and giggles. We didn't quite accomplish the effect we wanted but made some good memories!

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      Love the look of tie dye. I'm trying to get into fabric dyeing. Thanks for this lens!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @dawnsnewbeginning: In the industry I believe it's called "A Happy Accident". Lol

      Thank you for participating on my Lens.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @BarbRad: Oh wow, that must have been cool; I love shows like that; oddly we don't have too many in NYC (guess it's too expensive to do anything here). Thanks for your kind words and participation on my Lens.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      It's amazing what talented people can do with fabric. I attended a fabric arts exhibit at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles that was mostly quilts. They were spectacular.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @floppypoppygift1: Not yet, I'm limited to what's on hand right now; my printer / PC died a while back, the PC I'm using is only good for getting online and checking my emails (and Squidoo).

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @kimmanleyort: Thank you.

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      kimmanleyort 5 years ago

      This is quite an art and very beautiful. I've always been fan of tie-dyed anything. It never goes out of style and just makes me happy. Wonderful lens.

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      Your work is very crisp and beautiful. Thank you for sharing :) (Do you do Dave Matthews designs, too? I love him!) Cheers~cb

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @pcgamehardware: Thanks Joe, nice to hear from you again; thanks for your participation.

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      pcgamehardware 5 years ago

      Totally cool, you brought back some great memories with the tie dyed T-shirt.

      Very informative lens and put together very well... Liked and Blessed. :)

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      I love them all. I have never done any of these awesome designs other then the annual child sleepover event of tie-dying some old t-shirts. Great lens and fabulous ideas.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @johnsja: Thank you and thanks for visiting.

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      johnsja 5 years ago

      These are all beautiful.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @djroll: It was my pleasure, I just visited you "Ski Lodge Decor" Lens; very nice selection you have there; I use to go skiing in Vermont when Mt. Snow was a little town (minimally developed) with great ski slopes and cutesy lodges.

      Thanks for your participation on my Fit to be Tie Dyed lens and the information on how you found it.

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      djroll 5 years ago

      This looks like something I'd really enjoy. Thanks for visiting my Festive Christmas Bedding lens and leaving a comment. It helped me find this page; and I really appreciated the comment too.

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      TLRaghavan 5 years ago

      Very nice.

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Lovely page! I got my B.A. in Distributed Studies and the Art component of it was in Fiber Arts. I like all kinds of fiber arts and crafts. So I always did mixed media:)

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It was my pleasure, thank you for your participation on my Lenses as well ;-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for adding your comments and liking my lenses

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      What a very talented artist you are, my friend! I love, love your unique, creative work! Great job! Truly inspiring! So nice to meet you here on Squidoo! Great lens indeed! God bless you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nicely done!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @TriviaChamp: Thank you, I really loved your Lens on Ghost Removal, great information; thanks for your participation and blessing on my Fit to be Tie-Dyed Lens.

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      TriviaChamp 5 years ago

      These are amazing.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @ohcaroline: Thanks for participating on my Lens, perhaps there's a silkscreen class you can take locally; quilting and screenprinting make a great pairing.

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      I always wanted to learn to do screen printing. I do quilting and like to do wall hangings. This is a very interesting lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: Thank you. Unfortunately, you need a credit card to sell on Zazzle; you can use PayPal to pay but not to have a store.I was unable to pay an ambulance bill so the FDNY EMS put me in collection, they wont give me a credit card (that's what happens when you have a heartless billionaire as a NYC Mayor); same reason why I'm not getting hired (the city of New York would rather have everyone go belly up).

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Beautiful stuff. I don't know if you have a store at Zazzle, but if you don't maybe you should start one.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens and lovely tie dies here.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      I like to tie-dye but I would never be able to do anything like the elborate ones you have done!

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      shahedashaikh 5 years ago

      Thanks for the visit on my lens my fabric painting designs and for the compliment and liking my lens.

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      Marie 5 years ago

      What beautiful rainbow color designs. I love the marbling in particular.

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      Deb Bryan 5 years ago from Chico California

      I haven't created anything for awhile other than digital art. I think this page is inspirational for any artist or anyone interested in trying something artistic. As for advice for High School Students putting together a portfolio I would remind them to have fun and allow the process to guide them. I think "be yourself" is a good reminder as well. Everyone (I believe) has talent and it is those who practice art who have the most fun. What you 'feel' when you are creating art is going to be communicated to the serious art admirer and will inspire other artists as well. I am an artist and an admirer :-) This page really made my day!

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      The "marbled" piece is my favorite. And I love your "happy accident" attitude. d

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      These designs are absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing your work.

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      sheriangell 5 years ago

      Oh I love that marbleized one too! Angel blessed today.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Interesting process.

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      Annbulance2000 5 years ago

      I love the T.shirt. Very good lense, I learned a lot here. I like the idea of drawing on the tshirt with resisters

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm always learning something new, in the world of arts, when I come visit your lenses and this one is not exception. I hope I get to try this type of art someday. Blessings!

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      SquidAngel Blessings. A lens to dye for!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      First of all, thanks for the warm welcome.

      I hadn't heard of this craft before. Interesting ! Also liked the term "a happy accident".

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      jdwheeler 5 years ago

      Really like the marbling. I never can get my tie-dies to turn out right, but with this page I think I will pointed in the right direction.

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      Vortrek Grafix 5 years ago

      Well that takes me back. Used to love my purple tie-dyed pants. Made 'em myself. Lots of T-Shirts too nd other clothing articles as well. Also did a lot of Batik (wax paint, then dye in cold water, remove wax and it stay un-dyed -- can go several levels with that technique). Nice to know the art -- not to mention the movement of tie-dyeing is still going on. Right On!

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Your Tie-Dye title captured my attention as I have a tie dye shirt and always get compliments and comments on it whenever I wear it. :) Your surface designs are very interesting.

      I'm a fiber art artist/crafter concentrating in the area of crochet, with a bit of plastic canvas needlework designs mixed in. I have a shop on Etsy, which was a great find 4 years ago when my crochet creations were overflowing my space and I needed to find an outlet for them. :) Love all forms of fiber art and admire the artists and crafters who create them. Nicely done.

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      DecoratingMom411 5 years ago

      This is a great lens.

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      added to my about me page

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @JohnTannahill: Thank you John, that means alot to me; you're one of my favorite Lensmasters, you write beautifully. I would love to eventually set up a darkroom and get an enlarger; I still say it takes more skill to do that type of photography. I appreciate your participation on my Lens/es. I enjoy all your work, for anyone who is interested in photography and the moving picture check out his Lens on Eadweard Muybridge, I highly recommend it (pinned it, as well as Google+'d it, hope you don't mind).

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      Loved reading this - your mini bio rang a few bells. So much I grew up with is now gone too - and I also trained in a now obsolete craft, chemical process photography.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      This is such an excellent fun lens! Pinned to the crafts I love board, tweeted and blessed.

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      Dusty2 LM 5 years ago

      Awesome lens. Enjoyed reading the info and seeing related photos. Always was into the tie-dyed no matter what it was. Thank You for sharing. Please; "Pay It Forward"!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @dream1983: Thank you for your participation and kind words.

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      I really like your lens, great job!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks, I really enjoyed you "Stained Glass" candle craft Lens, great kids craft (as well as adults).

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm back for another visit! *Blessed*

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @Linda BookLady: I hear you, I constantly have to set up and break things down according to the project and situation.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @EnjoyLens: Thank you, and thanks for stopping by 8-)

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for visiting and participating on my Lens; I think it's important for artists to share information and techniques and pass it onto the next generation.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @Craftypicks: Love it!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @LynetteBell: Thank you for visiting and participating on my Lens, as well as the kind words.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @Rachel Field: Thanks for participating on my Lens; you're a very talented artist, I enjoy your Lenses.

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      Rachel Field 5 years ago

      Awesome! I did some paste resist yesterday! Mine was a bit more hap-hazard. I mixed plain flour and water and slopped it all onto the fabric, drew into it with an embossing tool, waited for it to dry, cracked it and then slopped some watered-down acrylic onto it. It worked really well and looks so pretty.

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      very nice...I love the wall hanging on hemp

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Most people who have a baby girl dress them up all fancy to bring them home from the hospital. When your married to a Deadhead the only option for me was tye-dyed and that's what my baby girl came home in.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for all of the information on this lens. I like the marbled fabric, too.

      It's beautiful.

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      EnjoyLens 5 years ago

      Really enjoyed your lens! great job

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I'm inspired... I would love to be able to spend time doing this kind of art. I need an art studio!

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Neat! I've always loved the look of tie dyed clothing.

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      GilliansCloud 5 years ago

      Nice lens. My daughter loves to paint shirts and fabric. She was given a tri-chem paint set by her great grandmother that started her on her way.

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      Dan 5 years ago from CNY

      Nice lens. I luv tie Dying. Also as an artist and I had studied Dada/surrealism for so many years...happy accidents are okay.

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      Happy accidents are what makes art interesting in my stuff too, Blessed***

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      These are really, really cool.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Those are the prettiest tie-dye designs I've ever seen.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @cocomoonbeams: Your welcome and thank you for participating on this Lens, us Silkpainters have to stick together.

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      cocomoonbeams 5 years ago

      Thanks for you nice comment on my silk painting lens. Love your work!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @JJNW: *heart sing

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @JJNW: Amen to that, that's why I always liked the "Just Do It" campaign; life is short and you have to do the things that make your hear sing and bring joy into your life. Thank you for your participation on my Lens; I've really been enjoying reading your Lenses. People ask me why I only have 20 Lenses and have been in it almost from the very beginning; the answer is I try to go for quality and not quantity (plus, I'm not very good at writing, truth be known but I try).

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      I do "junk art." I didn't figure out I was an artist until about 3 years ago. I had to learn not to try so hard and make things I liked for no reason at all.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @JoolsObsidian LM: Thanks for your participation and such a nice compliment; I've been enjoying your Lenses and the quizzies on them.

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      JoolsObsidian LM 5 years ago

      I love the tie-dye! I have done some myself but none as gorgeous as yours!

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

      Beautiful designs.

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      justDawn1 5 years ago

      Very nice! :)

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      Marti Lawrence 5 years ago from Grain Valley, Missouri

      What beautiful work - and an terrific lens!

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      Love it! Very nice work!

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      sheriangell 5 years ago

      I love me some tie dye! Great job and Angel blessed today!

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      sheriangell 5 years ago

      I love me some tie dye! Great job and Angel blessed today!

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Lovely