Tuesday, September 30, 2008

drawing on fabric...


Experimenting is fun! My first fabric drawing ever! I just bought some pebeo fabric paints and went to town. I know nothing about this, so I'm winging it:) It felt a bit like gouache, and the fabric was so thin that it would occasionally soak through, but not too much. I'll be using thicker fabric next time. I wonder what is the best fabric, the best paint and the best technic. If anyone has any advise on the subject, please share:) I'm all ears.

10 comments:

Brooke S. Rochon said...

I had a textiles class in college where we created our own stamps and we used Jacquard paints and unbleached muslin. Hope that helps.

diana said...

I use permaset fabric paint, which is a screenprinting paint. They are water-based paints so can be watered down to get a thinner consistency like the pebeo. I would use a thicker fabric like a heavy duty calico to experiment with. Make sure the fabric has a fine weave otherwise the paint will run into the weave of the fabric. I love your first attempt. Good luck with it.

Heather Moore said...

I have no tips for you, but as always, am so impressed with what you seem able to whip up in a mere instant. Gorgeous!

carolyn Gavin said...

i've done the screenprinting route on all different fabrics. i would use screenprinting inks + i found 100% cotton canvas was a good starting material.
love the image though. its adorable!

orange you lucky! said...

Thanks for all the advise, lovely ladies!
I'm going to try diluting the paint with water and using smooth thick fabric. h:)

Michelle St-Onge said...

My best advice to you is to use fabric screen print inks- permaset is great- but there are others too- you can contact G&S dye in Toronto. You can thin with water but the best way to thin without diluting your chemicals is to add salt! Add small amounts until you get the consistency you want- mix well. The best fabric to use is a heavyweight sateen- nice weave and just heavy enough. :) Also if the fabric is not 100% cotton you might want to add a bit of "bleeding agent" it stops the paint from traveling along the synthetic fibers. Have fun-
Michelle

orange you lucky! said...

Thansk Michell! Very valuable information!
I would have not thought of salt on my own.

leslie said...

your first attempt is fabulous! love the image and that it was painted on rather than screened or stamped! i would love to see more of this!

nath said...

I'm doing screen-printing and agree with other: 100% cotton and screen-printing inks are the best. Permaset or Speedball are the best brand. I've just discovered your blog and I love it.

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