This is a surface design technique for fabric that is cheap to make, but time consuming. When finished, you will have fabric that can be dyed using reinkers or color mists. It is done in three stages. We will begin with the first stage, which I started yesterday morning. Please be aware, this is a very long post.
Supplies clockwise from left top:
Low tack masking tape
Small plastic cup
Spoon for mixing ingredients
Fabric taped one edge only to plastic bag or other water resistant surface.
Right after my debacle with the non-flour, I was telling my neighbor Sally about it. She said she had some old flour I could have, so Sunday morning I headed to her place and picked it up. Before I did anything, I marked the container to read "Flour for crafts." No mistaking this container.
I began (as before) with equal parts flour and water.
Be sure to get out all the lumps.
When completely mixed, run a bead of the mixture along the taped edge of your fabric.
Beginning on one side, pull the flour/water mixture, which I will now refer to as the resist, down using a squeegee.
Continue this all the way to the other end.
If you run out of resist, simply apply more wherever it is needed on the fabric. You may need to make more resist as you work.
Here is the piece after I have added the resist, but before I have added any design.
Use your favorite marking tool and run it through the resist. Wipe your tool after each swipe.
Use a small plastic cup to add circles (if desired).
Add marks, squiggles, swirls, or circles until you are happy with your design. Any place that still has flour will resist the paint.
Remove the piece to a safe place for drying.
Repeat with your next piece of fabric. You can see that by not taking a photo half way through the pour process, I got better coverage, although I'm not sure how critical it is.
Try to use all your resist mixture because it simply won't last. I used about 3 1/2 cups (3.31 metric cups) of flour for these pieces. And in the summer heat, it's even more vulnerable. I ran out of large plastic bags to tape my fabric to, or I would have continued all afternoon.
I even tried removing one from the plastic bag, but it doesn't work because the wet gooey fabric flips over onto itself and erases all your design efforts.
When you have completed this step, it's time to clean up. The only repeat supply you will need for the next part of this tutorial is your pitcher of water. You should clean all tools and remove the flour from them. Use a large pail of water to do this. While you are waiting for the fabric to dry, put all tools and supplies away. Then, dispose of any excess flour/water mixture and the water you washed your tools in outside. Don't pour them down the drain, not even your toilet drain.
Allow the fabric and resist to dry completely. This will take anywhere from several hours to overnight. I checked after two hours and they weren't dry, so I allowed four hours for total drying.
You can set up the supplies for the second phase of this at any time. However, you will need to wait until the resist on your fabric is completely dry.
Supplies clockwise from left top:
Cheap chip brush or bristle brush (not foam)
Cheap acrylic paint (Do not use dyes or inks)
Cups, one for each color
Dry fabric from first stage
You should be able to tell when your fabric is dry, because the surface design will change color. Once completely dry, you can leave it like it is, or scrunch it into a ball, which will add cracks for added interest, then straighten it back out.
Mix approximately equal parts paint and water in a cup.
Scrub the paint into the fabric. You have to get the paint in the depressions left from the marks in the resist.
Mix fabric paint with acrylic craft paint, or use whatever paint you have. Use only paint, no ink. Ink will dilute during the next stage, and your efforts will be in vain.
Once again, lay your fabric out to dry. This could take a few hours or overnight. I allowed two hours for the paint to dry. The drying time was less than the previous stage, but it still took a long time.
I placed mine on the hot concrete and that helped them dry faster than in the grass.
While waiting, clean your brush(es), put your paint away, dispose of your mixing cups, and clean up your work area again. This time you can put all your supplies away, including your water pitcher.
While waiting, fill a large bucket with water for stage three. This is the only supply you will need.
Before going to the next stage, test your fabric to see if it is completely dry. This one wasn't, but
this one was.
Even the back is interesting and by looking on the back, you can tell where you missed the resist, or where the paint seeped through.
Place the fabric in the bucket of water and
submerge. Allow to sit in the bucket for about thirty minutes, then remove and scrub off the remains of the resist. Let me assure you that no matter how much of that resist you think you have out of the fabric, there will be some left.
Here is the piece after it was washed. It's not as pretty in this photo
but it is quite lovely up close.
I allowed the rest of the fabric to dry in the late afternoon sun, got new water in the bucket, and went inside to eat a bite.
The next thing I knew, it was raining. Not a heavy downpour, but that muggy, steamy drizzle type rain that stifles everything. I put the remaining pieces of fabric in the pail and went back inside. I will check on them today, because it took forever to get the photos off my camera and this written up. I had hoped to have this posted sooner for all my friends who live in earlier time zones, but that didn't happen. And although I haven't finished the process, be sure to dispose of your water OUTSIDE.
1. The bamboo skewer was the most effective tool for this project. The other spreaders permitted too much paint to seep under the resist.
2. You must scrub the paint into the fabric, or it will only sit on the surface and simply not work.
3. Dark colors work best.
4. You will need at least a day, possibly two for this technique.
Today's blog is one I found during One World One Heart. Sandi at Sharing My Daze is a scrapbooker, but also an altered artist who is participating in the Compendium of Curiosities challenge. She makes tags, twinchies, pennants, decorates coasters, and much more, using more products by Tim Holtz and Claudine Hellmuth than I think are at Mrs. O'Leary's (see Friday's post). I am sure her "scrap cave" as she calls it, is filled to the brim with enviable tools, products, and paper that any crafter would love to play with. To top it all off, she has taken on an exchange student this year. I'm not sure where she lives, but I think it's in the US. If you like Tim Holtz type of art, be sure to check out Sandi's blog today.
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