Monday, February 29, 2016
My Fugitive Jungle
This is from Judith DeMilo Brown from 2011. This may look
like printed cloth but no, she drew this herself and then....
I have been playing around with doodles for a while. Here is
the biggest and latest doodle. The piece is a fat half of
cotton and is destined as a prize on "And then they set it on
First I started off with white cloth that I doodled with a black
gel pen--nothing special--not meant for fabric. Whenever I
would stop, I would iron it to try and heat set the ink.
Then I colored it in with water-soluble pencils. I used them
both dry and dipped into water. Not too much water cause
that would make the gel pen ink blur. Kept ironing it too.
When I was done coloring it, I brushed it with print paste to
bond the ink and pencil to the fabric. That made the colors
and ink a bit more fuzzy. When that had dried I gave it a coat
of very diluted blue Setacolor to blend the colors and
background. When it was dry and with much trepidation I
threw it into the washing machine. VOILA! The inks/colors
stayed!! You can not believe how excited I was over that!
Last step was to put a little smooch in spots to give a little
First piece I have finished to this extent. I need much more
practice but I am pleased by the experiment. Yep, tonight I
expect a second piece will get started.