Here are some more reds (and greens not very visible at the back) that I am dyeing for the next piece(s).
Another watery picture which I like, though not as effective as the the photo of the yellows. I decided I wanted some strident magentas. But something peculiar happened.
SCARLET VERSUS MAGENTA
The brilliant red on the left is the exact same color as its neighbor to the right--pure, unadulterated Washfast Acid Magenta. The left one is dyed at 2% depth of shade. Its neighbor is dyed at 1% depth of shade. The one on the left, dyed at 2% DOS clearly verges on scarlet. In real life, the magenta cast is obvious but it still leans very close to scarlet. But the neighbor to the right, dyed at 1% DOS, is clearly magenta.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SAMPLING
The next two red jars (the second one barely visible) are also dyed with Washfast Acid magenta at 2% and 1% depth of shade resepectively. But to them I added a bit of blued green to take the edge off a bit. What is interesting is that the 2% magenta with the blued green added looks much more magentish than the 2% pure magenta!
When I added the bit of blued green to the two jars of magenta, I was flying by the seat of my pants, so to speak. That is, I was using my eye to judge how much to add. I had not, in other words, done any sampling.
THE POWER OF MAGENTA
When I added the bits of blued green, I "knew" intellectually that WF Acid Magenta is a very potent dye; now I now experientially as well! And i know also know that visual judging is not necessarily a particularly good idea.