I Crave Color

Winter finally got around to northeast Ohio and has been busy dumping lots of snow and wildly gyrating temperatures on us Buckeyes. One day it’s 40 degrees; the next it’s 10 degrees. My nonessential activities shrink in such weather, so I devote myself to adding color to bits of fabric.

So far I’ve used Marabu fashion spray paints and Jacquard textile paints, but hope to take on Dye-na-flow paints and a gelli plate as well. My base fabrics, none larger than a fat quarter, were previous failures and some vintage linens. With the exception of one stamp, I used stencils to create my designs this go-round. Most of my stencils are from Stencil Girl, which offers a large selection of all sorts and sizes. (No paid promotion, just my opinion.)

Large leaf stencil applied with Jacquard and spray paint on top of painted dye failure.

Marabu spray paint over thermofaxed linen

Marabu spray paint on stencil over dye print

Vintage linen stamped with sprayed on paint
Two colors of Jacquard paint through stencil over thermofaxed damask
Spray paint through lace curtain and stencil over commercial fabric

Spray paint and Jacquard paint through stencil over silk

As you can see, some of my experiments have splotches. Spray paint is hard to control and can drip. I’m not showing other attempts that either were good for nothing but the trash or need more layers. Now I need to figure out how to use my creations. Of course, I could always have them printed out and make yardage from them.

Linking to Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday.


Filed under Fabric Printing, In Process

19 responses to “I Crave Color

  1. thanks for the heads up about the stencil girl! I ordered some, you know I REALLY needed them all! LOL

  2. I struggle with surface design techniques – mostly it is a tactile, mess, OCD, issue. I love how they can elevate and fix problem fabric. You have made excellent use of the cold to resuscitate your fabrics.

    • I envy artists who can paint, stamp, screen, etc., fabric with no hint of mess. I make a mess from the moment I open a jar of paint. Note I don’t try any techniques that require fine detail and careful lining up.

  3. PatriciaMarek

    I use “discards” or pieces that don’t work the way I thought they should, as backgrounds for fiber post cards. Add a fun something as the focal point and you have a lovely usable work of art to send to a friend.


  4. I enjoyed seeing these. It looks like it was a lot of fun experimenting. Challenging weathers sounds like it could be a good thing (sometimes)…our mild weather too often draws me out to the garden when I should really be in the studio. As always I’m looking forward to what you may make using these creations.

    • How I wish I’d rather be outdoors than in the studio. We do have sun today so that enhances the ambience of my studio. A friend just broke her arm when she fell on ice, so I have even less enthusiasm for the outdoors right now.

  5. Not sure I would throw any in the trash! Of course, I didn’t see them, but I agree with the comment that they might be used in small pieces, at least.

  6. I like the way that the use of the same stencil in the last two gives unity — seeing them together prompts the idea of creating a line in different but related colorways. This sounds like a fun way of spending cold days!

  7. I love all of them and I’m sure that even the “Bad” ones are usable in small pieces. I used pieces like them in my block a week piece and added embroidery to them to cove up the really bad.

  8. It must be fun to see these reveal themselves over time. I might find the last 3 most useful, but I can imagine using all of them. to me that means success!

  9. It’s fun to see your experiments–some of them are really appealing! And having all these new samples is like money in the bank–you can use them in so many ways.

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