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.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Pounded Fabric - The Preparation

Several times I have posted pieces of my art in which I used pounded fabric for the background. Each time I have received many questions as to just what pounded fabric is.  Well....here is the low down on how to do it!!  It is a simple process but with wonderful results.

You only need 4 items to start.

Fabric - You can use hand dyed or commercial fabrics. This is a great opportunity to use some pieces that are not quite your "favorites"!

A plastic bag - like the kind you get at the grocery store when you check out

Paint Brush - use old ones you can get at garage sales. Don't spend much on these as you will see...they won't be adequate for painting anything else when we are done. I get mine in packs of 3 at the dollar store.

Acrylic Paints - this is a great technique to have ready after you are finished painting something and don't want to waste the leftover paints!

That's it!! Tomorrow I'll post the process and on Wednesday, I'll post the results with at least one piece in which I used pounded fabric!  See ya then!!


  1. Although the photo of the pounding part is a bit blurry. the fabric looks yummy. Can't wait to see what you end up with...


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