Monday, December 3, 2012

Marbling Fabric

On Saturday, I got together with a small group of friends and we did some fun (and messy) surface design.  We started by watching Jo Fitsell's video called, Marbled Fabric Surface Design (you can see a short YouTube clip here) while we waited for the marble base to 'settle'.  Then, it was just a matter of getting our acrylic paints ready and starting to play.

I used 100% cotton and a couple of pieces of dupioni silk, but you can do this method with just about any fabric as well as paper.

Some of my fabric was from my hand-dyed stash (see this post from the summer of 2011) and I also used some good quality Egyptian cotton (purchased in the form of a queen sized top sheet for $3.00 at a thrift shop!).  In addition to that, I had some of my old wipe up clothes from other messy activities so I over printed them, resulting in some interesting secondary design elements.

I loved the process and results so much that I spend all day yesterday doing more.  They still need to be rinsed and heat set so I'll post about them tomorrow.  Here are a few of the pieces I did, and remember you can click on the image if you want to see a larger version.


Well, back to work...





 

 

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14 comments:

  1. Fabulous! And addictive, from the looks of your results - no way you could stop with just one!

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    1. Yes, I just had to keep playing...Thanks Jean!

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  2. Something else I've been wanting to do. Wow! Thanks.

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    1. Lynda, I bought the Marbling video from Interweave (on sale) and it really is all that you need to get started. Do use Golden paints though. They say you get what you pay for and it really is true. A few of my friends tried inexpensive craft paints and they were very pale because they just don't have the pigment that good quality paints have. Go for it and have fun!

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  3. I have come across your post and see that you have done great work and shared your experience about Marbling Fabric, the final work photographs you have added in this post they have great attractive look. Excellent work keeps it up.

    bespoke art

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    1. Thanks Marwick. It's a really fun process to work with.

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  4. Wow, that looks like so much fun! I used to love marbling paper as a kid, but have never dyed fabric. These photos makes my fingers itch to give it a try. Those fabrics look fab!

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    1. Thanks. It really is a lot of fun. Go for it!

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  5. That's amazing! Kind of reminds me of tie die but this is much more intense and intricate looking!

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    1. Thanks. It was a fun process and I'm really excited about the results.

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  6. Bear With Me...marvelous results♫♪ Wonder what the fabrics will end up on, tote bags? tees? table linen?

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    1. Thanks. They're destined for an art quilt that's already in the works. Smaller pieces will be used for ATCs and such.

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