And then we had three or four inches last week and I almost didn't even try because the snow was very light and dry. The first one I ironed was very nice but fairly monochromatic and I should have learned by now that I need contrast to get the best effects-and the blue I dripped by mistake on the bottom right side wasn't enough contrast:
The blue mixed with black was more exciting:
and then there was the jewel!
This has lots of the chrystally, petally texture that I associate with the most successful snow dyes and the colors are magical. Unlike my usual technique, which involves pouring already mixed dye concentrate on the snow, this time I sprinkled dye powder on the snow. Now there are problems with this because the dangerous time when working with dyes is when they are in powder form--and sprinkling powder on the snow does tend to get more powder in the air than I like. I may try using the two colors--sapphire blue and plum--in concentrate form and see if it is the colors and not the technique that produced these results. Of course, the quality of the snow is another variable and that I will not be able to reproduce.