Monday, July 16, 2012

Flour Paste Resist

I saw this and this some time last week and I had to give it a go.

I grabbed one of my Dad's old shirts, cut it up into sections and spread flour paste (just flour and water) over the top.I drew into the paste with a sharp tool and let it dry.  Once it was dry I scrunched the fabric up (creating cracks in the surface) and then painted watery acrylic paint over the top.

This first piece was just plain flour paste with no drawing. I just cracked the flour paste and painted it.

There's still a little flour paste on the fabric (even after a long soak and a rinse and spin in the washing machine) so I need to give it another wash.

A close up of the cracks.

I'm pretty impressed with how soft the fabric is after having acrylic paint applied to it - it never occurred to me before to use acrylic on fabric - now I have all these ideas for painting on fabric.

I drew little sun shapes into this piece (below). It ended up being the least successful one. Not sure why.

This sample (below) was my favourite. I drew little scribbly circles into the surface.

And a close up:

Not entirely sure what I'm going to use these for but I enjoyed making them. Next time I want to try working on top of coloured fabric.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Playing with Gesso

I was flicking through Maggie Grey's Raising the Surface the other day, looking for interesting products to use with textiles, when I found a short section about using "texture media". Gesso was briefly mentioned as a texturing agent and seeing as I had a tub I thought I'd give it a go.

 I grabbed one of my dad's old shirts and slapped down a good coat of gesso. I knew I wouldn't use the fabric for anything else with those stripes running down the cloth.

Once the fabric was well coated with gesso, I drew the basic shape of a dove into it.

I also drew swirls into the background.

I can't remember what I used to make the lines but you can use anything like a dried-up biro or an embossing tool or a screw driver.

I was even able to wash the fabric without it taking the gesso off - I had to soak off the paper I'd used to protect my table top and inadvertently discovered that you can also image transfer with gesso onto fabric.

Once the gesso was dry I used Inktense blocks to colour the image. I'm not sure if the Inktense is permanent on top of gesso but I'm not planning to wash this piece again.

Now the piece can be stitched into.