Thursday, October 2, 2008

Colorful Days

I made the above mixed-media art quilt a couple days ago. It features a handpainted face on some fabric-backed paper and the colorful background is a piece of paper towel that had been used to catch excess paint from other projects. It is available in my etsy shop.

I've had some questions on how I created my fabrics that I've been showing you recently (like the ones shown here). I'll try to answer that now.

  1. Start with a piece of white fabric.
  2. Using blue gel glue or water-based resist in a squeeze bottle, doodle your design onto the fabric. Let dry.
  3. Paint over design with your color. I have used Dye-Na-Flow and watered-down textile paints. Let dry.
  4. Heat set your fabric. I sandwich my fabric in between two pieces of parchment paper so that the glue or resist doesn't get on my iron or ironing board.
  5. Soak fabric in warm/hot water with tiny amount of soap, (I used synthrapol). Let soak and agitate now and then. When you don't feel any glue or resist on the fabric anymore, rinse well and dry.
Hope that helps. I'd love to see your results if you try it.