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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.


  1. Cool! I wonder if you needed the print paste?

  2. What a charming surface treatment. I have to try this.

  3. Love it, what is print paste?

  4. Per Sue above, there are so many textile mediums suitable for printing, what was used here?

  5. Interesting technique. Thanks for posting.


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