Friday, September 7, 2012

Sharpie Faux Tie-dye Tutorial and More Journal Covers

Sadly some sort of a computer glitch has caused all of the images in this post to disappear, and I am unable to correct the problem.  Sorry!

I'd like to share with you a fun faux tie-dying tutorial using Sharpie markers.  You can use this method with t-shirts as indicated on the Sharpie website, but today I'd like to show you another fun use of this method, using cotton fabric (rather than t-shirt jersey).


You'll also need a drinking glass and a straw or eye-dropper.

Step 1:  Cut the cotton up into small squares, slightly larger than the opening of your drinking glass.

Step 2:  Lay a piece of the cotton onto the top of the glass.  You can secure this with an elastic band if you wish, but it's not necessary.

Step 3:  Using a Sharpie marker, draw a few dots in a circular pattern (see first left photo below).

Step 4:  Using another colour of marker, add dots between the first (as illustrated, these can be outside the original circle)


Step 5:  Using the straw or eye-dropper, slowly drip rubbing alcohol, one drop at a time, into the centre of your dots (see photos 2-4 above).  As the alcohol spreads, it causes the marker to bleed and spread.  Stop once you have the look and size you like.

Below I have used a secondary circle of dots outside of the first.  As you can see, once the alcohol reaches this secondary series of dots they too start to bleed and add to the design.


Have fun experimenting with a variety of colour combinations and be ready for some interesting surprises.  The purple in these photos was actually made with the black marker!  Keep in mind that you don't have to limit yourself to circles.  Play and see what happens!
After letting them air dry, I cut the circles out using scissors.  I don't worry about perfectly round circles...I like the more organic look I get when they're a little 'wonky'.

Once I had all of my circles ready, I pulled out some of my hand-dyed fabrics, including cheese cloth, and I made some more journal covers.  

On this journal, I've played with various decorative stitches that my sewing machine is capable of, creating a bit of a grid pattern.















For this one, I started by echo quilting around the 'tie-dyed' circles.  After a few rounds of that, I switched to straight lines of stitches, going horizontally on the bottom half of the journal cover and then doing vertical lines on the top half.









I used hand-dyed cheese cloth on this cover, securing it with a zigzag stitch.  I then added more zigzag stitches to create the subtle lines that echo the shape of the orange cheese cloth.  The circles are secured using more zigzag stitching.











And here's the collection of all three of the new journals.  Thanks so much for visiting today!  If you try this, I'd love to see your creations.  Leave a comment with a link to your blog or Flicker photos so I can see what you come up with!


16 comments:

  1. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing this fun technique and how you used the results for your journals.
    Stay inspired!

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  2. This sure is pretty. It might be a great craft to do with Grandchildren! Thanks Linda.

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    1. Thanks Kathy. You might want to check out the t-shirt idea with the girls. They'd probably love to wear their masterpieces.

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  3. Very cool. I have pinned for a future project in my art journal. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Thanks Danielle. Now I'm wondering how it would work on watercolour paper.

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  4. I definitely want to try this! I have all the supplies I'd need. Thanks for sharing this technique!

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    1. Thank you! You'll have a lot of fun with it Jean.

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    1. They really are Connie. Great for doing with kids too!

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  6. Linda, I like this idea. I did a tut on using the markers to color a visor but your tut has given me another idea I need to try! Thanks for the tut and your blog. I really enjoy it and learn so much.

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    1. Thanks Lynda. I appreciate the feedback. I'll have to check out your tut too.

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  7. Love this technique!

    Can you tell me the name of the hollowed out font used in the tut title? Love it too!

    thanks, Suzanne

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    1. Thank you Suzanne! That font is called Kranky.

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  8. so much fun. i did this with a T-shirt but I love your idea. will do that real soon...
    http://beingfaygie.blogspot.com/2012/08/favorite-blog-monday_27.html

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    1. Thanks Faygie. I'm glad I could inspire you with a new idea.

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