A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Chalk as a Fugitive Media
Once I had the amount of color I wanted, I painted the chalk flowers with a 50/50 mix of water/base extender. I used a small paint brush because I didn't need to paint the entire fabric--only the part that I added color with the chalk. Here is where the control comes into play that I had talked about before. With colored pencils or crayons, the colors will blend and bleed. The chalk doesn't. You do the blending with your finger while it is dry. When you paint it with the 50/50 mixture, it does not run. Yeah!
Once the flowers were wet, I decided the bottom right flower needed a bit more color so I added the pink. The bottom left flower needed some more white so I added it too. You can tell because the lines are a bit more distinct on the wet fabric than when I added chalk to the dry fabric. I am quite pleased with the results.