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, 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.