Thursday, May 12, 2016

Fabric Printing, Stamping, Dyeing, Painting, and Putting It All Together

Some days I sit down to write, and wonder where in the world to start. You and I both may well admit that I I work in a widely scattered pattern. It may appear that there is nothing linear in my thought process, but I swear there is. Imagine all the puzzle pieces out on the dining room table. I've finally found a few that fit together nicely.


I am a type junkie. I love the printing word, or just single letters or numbers, but maybe numbers most of all. I found some perfect balsa wood numbers in the scrap booking section, and turned them into stamps by painting them first, and then attaching wooden clothespins to them. (Why clothespins? Seriously, they were within reach, and I could hot glue them on.)

I needed to try out my Versatex Screen Printing Inks, and this was a perfect match. The inks have a nice, medium body to them, and I brushed the ink thinly on to my stamps. I used a hard surface underneath, and pressed well. I loved how they missed printing a few of the edges! I could have had perfect edges if I'd used a towel underneath, but it wasn't the effect I was after. They dried over night, and this morning I pressed them to heat set.

And that, my friends, is what happens when you don't move the iron around quickly. Can you see on the left where I scorched it? Without a tear, I wondered if a dark navy dye would cover it up. We shall see. If not, I have something else in mind, too. But this is a lesson in why we experiment, and how we learn. The iron was a little too hot, but it will not deterred from the enjoying the process.


Next up was Jacquard Textile Paints. I had a very small sampler set to play with, and I created a background by both mixing colors, lightening with white, and diluting with water. They say 25% is ideal to blend with water, but I continued to add water to create a watercolor effect. This also needs heat set, and then I'll add some line drawing to it, and perhaps some luminescent paints by Jacquard, too. The fabric is very soft to the touch, or 'has a soft hand' as they say. I'm impressed with the paint product.


In between the work on the table, I had several fabrics that were previously painted, and awaiting hot, soy wax. I applied the wax, and immediately popped them all in the refrigerator to harden. 

My leftover dyes came out of the refrigerator to warm up. All three of these pieces were lightly crinkled, and laid on a plastic tablecloth on the floor. I used a sea sponge to apply the room temperature dyes, and I scattered all with a good dose of salt while they dried.

I am very happy with how the process is progressing, and how I'm beginning to 'see' what I want to happen in the pieces. Red continues to plague me as sometimes the color separates into its mix parts. You can see it above as a grainy appearance. It's not that I don't like the appearance of it, but I want to be more competent in controlling when it happens. Getting several of the dyes pasted up and mixed well is difficult.

Stamping and Printing

I cut and carved a stamp the other day from a leftover scrap of a flexible Speedball pad. I wanted something simple and organic, and played around with some latex paints on paper here. The secondary pattern that emerged was a surprise, and I got very excited.

I quickly dyed this Kona a beautiful poppy-colored red last night, and was so pleased at how well it evenly dyed. A good red! There is a stamping project scheduled for today, and it feels very promising. As a matter of fact, I dreamed about it all last night.

I hope you have something that keeps your dreams alive, and inspires you to create. If it's made a difference in your own life, find an opportunity to encourage someone else. You never know whose life you can change by reaching out. 

I'll be guest blogging this weekend with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. It's such an honor to be a part of the good works she's involved with, and I hope you'll visit me there. 

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Let's go sew.

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Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Fort Worth Friday
Crazy Mom Quilts
Off the Wall Friday
Stitch All the Things 
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Angie in SoCal said...

I'm growing fonder and fonder of text on fabric, but yet to do something with it. We'll see. All looks like fun and creative - you have been busy. Blessings,

QuiltShopGal said...

Great post. Total #CreativeGoodness. As I also love fonts, I'm curious what font you used for your numbers? Looks like a fun one.


Christine Slaughter said...

I really do love text prints and I got all excited when I saw yours AND that you made it yourself (which I should have realized the moment I clicked over to your blog...duh!). Reading your blog is so inspiring; all of the different colors and shapes that you create on fabric is so wonderful!

Lena Pugacheva said...

So many things still to try out )) Thanks for the inspiration!

Stitchin At Home said...

All I can say is WOW! Creativeness at it's best.

Jayne said...

I so love your dedication and obsession with dyeing, printing, shibori...It gets me excited to see what you come up with! I've wanted to try stamping for a while. Lord, one of these days I'll cave and do it! One thing I love about stamp printing is the uneven edges or stamp impressions. Great job and thanks for sharing!

Marla aka YaYa said...

Thanks for your inspiration! I just put your post on a newly created pintrest board. Printing and dying is the next thing for me; thanks for the subtle push in that direction.

Sew Surprising said...

Im with you, ♥ text fabrics, and how unearth do you manage to get so much achieved in a day :)

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

How neat to see all the different projects you are working on! I also love to play with paints and other things to add to my quilting!

Kaja said...

I love your boundless curiosity, Julie, and always enjoy seeing where it has taken you. You have some really promising things going on at the moment - love the numbers, love the stamp/red dyed fabric combination.

Kate said...

Lots of cool stuff going on in your creative space. I'm looking forward to seeing what came of your stamp and that red fabric.

Cut&Alter said...

Just love seeing what you are up to - those numbers are fantastic!!

Susan said...

You certainly had a ton of fun! The most I've done is shaving cream dyeing, and not much more because of drought conditions. :(