Thursday, March 11, 2010

Metallic Paints on Fabrics

Over at Three Creative Studios, they're offering a Technique of the Month.  I wasn't going to do this because I already have enough to do, but this month the technique is painting on fabric with metallic paints.  

I love metallic paints on fabric and decided that I just had to do this one.

I got out my old Jacquard Lumiere paints and my new Setacolor Shimmers.  I used a plain white PFD fabric and a chunk of Kona black.  First I doused the white fabric in diluted Liquitex soft body acrylic in Cadmium Yellow.  I used some purple on the black.

I scrunched up the wet fabrics on my recycled ground turkey palettes and added more color with a sponge brush.  Both got some Lumiere blue.


The yellow got more Lumiere in Citrine.  It wound up getting a bunch more coats of diluted Lumiere because I wanted to change the hand of the fabric and make it more stiff for a specific project I had in mind.




The black was painted with Setacolor Shimmer in copper, then rescrunched and painted with some more of the copper.  I let it dry while still scrunched, then heat set it.

I really like the way the black turned out with the blue and copper paints.



I also took some pale hand-dyes and wet them with water, then scrunched them in my handy palettes.  I painted them lightly with full strength Setacolor in Pearl. and let them dry.



They have very subtle sheen and it was perfect for this project.  I keep running out of light fabrics, so these were a nice addition.  I used the greenish one for the triangles in the outer middle sides.

I used the blueish one for the small triangles in the dark outer triangles.











As always, if you want a better look at any of these pictures, just click on the one you want to see close up.

4 comments:

Vicki W said...

I love your painted fabrics! Did you enjoy doing it?

Michele at Sweet Leaf said...

I'm just going to have to try this technique! Thanks for sharing your results.

Robin Mac said...

Love your results, I hadn't thought of using the shimmer pearl like that, shall have to give it a go. Cheers, Robin

Sharon said...

Fantastic! The fabrics turned out just great! Great use of recycled trays too.