Monday, April 5, 2010

Ink with Glue

So I saw on this blog here an experiment with glue and alcohol inks that looked pretty cool.  I thought it would be fun to try it on fabric.

I used some Aileen's Tacky Glue -- I had to dilute it because it was way too thick.  If you look carefully at the bottle in the photo, you might notice teeth marks -- I suspect that my dog was inspired to use this as a  chew toy briefly and the small holes were letting air in and making the glue thicken on its way to drying.

I spread the glue over plain white PFD cotton set on some baking parchment.  I took it outside because alcohol and heat together didn't seem like a really good combination for inside.

Then I dropped  alcohol ink all over the wet glue surface -- I used mostly Stream and Butterscotch, with a little Slate to fill in the white areas where the color didn't spread.

Then I hit it with a heat gun.  The ink/glue mixture bubbled up and the glue went from white to clear.  I added a little more Slate to fill in where the ink still hadn't spread and heated it again.
The dried piece felt leathery -- not plasticky like I expected.  The colors are really bright and deep.
So next I took a piece of cotton and layered it with batting on stabilizer. I quilted it with cotton thread.
Then I did the whole glue, ink, heat thing again.  It's pretty stiff, but I cut it easily with a rotary cutter and stitched up the edges on my machine.
They looked nice, but needed something, so I got out the foil.  I found that it stuck to the surface nicely when I heated it with my iron -- must be the glue (duh).

I haven't decided if I'm done with them, but I really like these colors and the gold foil really sparkles.  Maybe some beads, or something.  Or not.  I think I like them simple.


Beth said...

That looks pretty cool! Hope I get to see one close up.


Barb said...

How creative!!

Robbie said...

What a cool, fun looking technique! I used some alcohol inks on a book cover but now I'll have to try this idea!! Thanks for sharing!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

How did I miss this??? (rhetorical question....maybe it was a Bad blogger day....)
I'm going to have to try it and see what happens---love the idea of using it after a piece is stitched and then foiling!