Strathmore Workshop 1 on Fabric

I have had another go at the first workshop doodles on fabric.  This time I used Boots travel spray bottles with Procion dye to put down the first layer with much better success.  It still bleeds a little under the resist objects but gives a soft edge to the shapes which is rather nice.  I then worked into the pieces using my collection of textile paints and permanent markers.  Interesting to see which ones work and which don’t. I have a number of Posca pens and the pink and turquiose are great.  The white disappears into the fabric and only really works on top of the textiles paints.  The green is pathetic!  The Sharpies have a tendency to bleed and need to be be used rapidly to get a fine line.

The first trial – the pearlised paints were not necessarily a good idea. I added Inktense pencil to the flower shapes as they were too stark.

The next piece – I deliberately, against Strathmore tutor advice, mixed the primary colours to see what a more subdued version would look like. I think it works on fabric.

And another, to which I added stencils applied with Markal sticks and a toothbrush to get the graduation of colour. This one is still on the board waiting for me to decide if it needs more doodling or if I leave it and do the rest with stitch.

The second piece now has some stitch, complete with hanging threads.


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