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.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Painting on fabric day 7

Shibori with paint

The first time I saw someone use use fabric paint to create shibori, I was blown away. I thought I'd try it myself. However mine didn't come out anywhere near as nice as Kelly's. Yes, that is our own Kelly from the FIRE blog. More about that later.

I started with a small piece of white cotton. I wanted to use a FAT cylinder so that the fabric didn't overlap. Later, you will see that didn't phase Kelly!!

From the beginning, a big mistake I made was using too thick paint. Maybe Dye-Na-Flow would have been better on a thinner cylinder. Oh well, this is how I learn - many mistakes (learning opportunities) under my belt.




String off


Ironed. If you kind of squint, it looks like a field with some snow in the furors and a tree line on the horizon. OK, so I'm grasping (smile).

Now you can see a real pro show you how it is done AND what to do with the finished piece. Part 1, Part 2, Part3

This was actually fun and I think I might give it another go with liquid acrylics.

This time I tied the fabric like a long snake and used Dye-Na-Flow liquid acrylic paints for better penetration.  

Above in daylight and below in lamp light. In fact the fabric is darker than the daylight and more intense like in lamplight. This is a great technique and I think I'll use Dye-Na-Flow more often. I got great penetration of color.


  1. Cool landscapes. Another thing to try!

  2. I think these techniques are cool, fun and interesting to do. But what do you do to with them? I would love to see the results actually in something, used somewhere. I think it would be very valuable.

  3. I love the results - The beginning of great fabrics!
    I have done a lot of Shibori painting and you are right - Thin paint is a must. I use Jacquard Textile color thinned with water. See a photo of my set up before any fabric is wrapped on. http://i.imgur.com/GUQIYkT.jpg

  4. I like both sets of results but the first one is just begging to be hand stitched.

  5. OH Beth!! I TOTALLY see your snowy furrows and tree line! And I agree with Maggi...hand stitching would add amazing texture to this piece.
    Even though the paint could have been a bit thinner...I love the way it turned out! No failures in art...just opportunities to be creative!

  6. One more thing...thinned acrylic paint vs DynaFlow. The thinned acrylic will give a more crisp defined line and the DynaFlow bleeds a bit and gives a softer line edge. All depends on what results you are going for.


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