I have no idea how to paint or dye fabric. I usually use blue sky fabrics that I can find in pre-cut fat quarters at Periwinkle Quilting in Saskatoon. I really want to make pink, purple, orange, and yellow skies. I want to try painting heavy clouds. I did a bit of reading online, and thought I would try brushing a wet paint across a damp fabric. I tired painting sheer, and I tried plain white cotton. I used the Dye-ne-flo paints with a wet brush. The Dye-na-flo is a liquid dye for painting silks as far as I understand. It is permanent when heat set, and won't add the weight of oilbars.
I painted the sky just as it looked that moment out my window. It looked so good! Then I picked up the cloth and suddenly the colors spread and turned all the definition into mush before I could snap a photo. :( I should have known better and let it dry. Oh well. Live & learn. So I put coarse salt across the clouds. No harm done... I might as well experiment!
Where the single grains landed, the paint pooled around and it almost looks like it was flowing or something! Look closer.
This will make a good sky piece to stitch trees over I think. ; ) It has good colors, but it's a little too abstract for my work I think (unless i do some abstract work). I won't throw it away. You never know.
Here's some of my first samples from last week:
On wet cotton fabric:
On recycled / reclaimed unknown white fabric...
You can bet my next set of art will have color in the skies. I'm doing fire colors tomorrow. I'm booked again for Gardenscape this year, and that show is at the end of March. That's not too long is it? I had better get to work and stop crocheting doilies and coasters! lol (But it's so fun!!)
Happy Friday everyone!
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