Thursday, October 28, 2010
I have tried marbling with inks on shaving cream and I will be trying thickened dyes on shaving cream, but for my money, you just can't beat marbling with paints on a size.
These pieces are from a couple of weeks ago. I gave the best one to my friend Judy who blogged about it here.
There are "mistakes" in these that an experienced marbler may notice, but because it's fabric, the mistakes are merely design opportunities. Marbling is a good way to perk up those not so lovely fabrics.
I use something called "Methyl Cel" that I get from Dharma Trading or Prochemical and Dye. It is called a "size" -- we refer to it as "the goo" -- and it's a lot like loose Jello. We float the paints on top and using tools that I made, we move the paints around until we're satisfied, then lower the treated fabric onto the paint. The fabric is then pulled off the size and gently swished around in a bucket full of water. I let it hang out to dry, then after curing the paint for a couple of days, I heat set it with my iron. After a gentle wash and dry, it's ready to use.
My daughter and I spent her day off school today doing this and I will post pictures of our results in a day or two.