Monday, February 3, 2014

Week 17: DIY Fabric Printing

A while back, this tutorial for Printing Your Own Fabric by Karina Manarin was featured on Poppytalk. Here is my attempt at it!


Textile Ink - I didn't know exactly what counted as "textile" ink, so I asked at my local art store. They directed me toward this Jacquard Textile Color. It's essentially fabric paint, but it sets into the fabric nicely unlike that 3-dimensional stuff you used as a kid!
Contact Paper - For contact paper, I picked up some shelf liner from the dollar store. Either way, it's like one great big sticker.
Fabric - The fabric I used was 100% cotton canvas sample that my mom rescued from an upholstery shop that was going out of business.
Print Table - I created a makeshift padded table using some old towels and attaching them to my table top.
Foam - Instead of using the foam scraps to use in the paint, I used a regular foam brush.

Full tutorial and list of materials here.

For my first design, I cut out chevrons in a grid pattern, making sure to save my cutout pieces. I alternated between blue and yellow, but added a little punch of purple in there also. Can you see the spots I messed up? Yes, yellow and blue make green.

For my second one, I arranged the chevron pieces that I had cut out to achieve a pattern that I liked. This time I stuck to one colour.

What I enjoyed the most I love paint! And this is coming from a person who doesn't paint! And since I used a stencil, this project provided enough structure for my non-painting brain.

Next time I would... Try a smaller, more repetitive pattern. I don't think cutting a stencil would work as well for this, so maybe I'd try using a stamp.


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