Monday, 6 August 2012

a tiny tute

i've been super super busy lately, but have been sneaking in a little bit of time playing with ink on white fabric. i've got a stack of it cut so when the mood takes me i can quickly get on when inspiration takes...

i've been particularly inspired with the idea of watercolour type prints so armed with some watered down printing ink, i set to work using tools i had to hand. the first few i made using a paintbrush and lots of colour...i think i was trying to channel my inner bluebell gray but ended up with something a bit more tie dyed t-shirt...so i ditched the multicolour and kept it simple, stupid. & i loved the simplicity of the result.


next up, was playing with some off cuts of cardboard roll (i suppose a loo roll inner would work, but this is quite a nice thick cardboard but with a small diameter)- simply dipping them in the ink and printing them on to the fabric. simple and low tech, but infinitely satisfying!


fabric, cardboard roll, & ink

simply dip and print

two colours - pink and raspberry, yum!

playing on the idea of bubbles floating

in action with some fabric pals!
i've used watered down ink, but any kind of fabric paint would work. it needs to be about as thick as single cream to get a decent print but without over soaking the base cloth. if anyone has a play, i'd love to hear about it and see some images!

11 comments:

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Jodi said...

Nothing to show you but loving yours! Very pretty and fun!

Charlotte said...

that's gorgeous - I love the watery effect. Fabness!

Sarah said...

That'd be so much fun to try!

Flying Blind... said...

So not letting the kids see this!

Colette said...

I love that pink and red one, it has a really painterly quality. I was so inspired by our workshop with you I've been playing with printing, you can see some here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/colettemoscrop/sets/72157630340619858/

Cherie said...

That is such a fun idea! I like the effect it has on the fabric =D

Pennie said...

Love the pink and raspberry, might go and have a play myself.....

Sue Schlabach said...

I have all these supplied right here and plan to give it a go—right now!! Thanks.

Cathy said...

Love the pink and raspberry. Would like to do some myself....would screen print paint work?

lu summers said...

hi cathy, yes of course, that's exactly what i used :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, these are great, I was just wondering what fabric you used for them? Thank you :)