Monday, January 28, 2013

A Cute Idea

   I always have the most clever students in my workshops and often feel I learn as much from them as they do from me. I teach an Introduction to Surface Design class at JC Campbell.  Students are exposed to simple and fun ways to change the surface of their fabric - lots of techniques and samples are created.   
    One of my very creative students - Winki,  fell in love with the paints we were using on fabric.  Up to that point she was rusting her scarves and using natural dyes from berries and other plant material - they were gorgeous.  One of the things she tried which tickled me to no end, was to soak a ribbon or heavy cotton roping in paint.  The next step was to wet the scarf and crinkle it up. 
She then laid the paint filled ribbon and sat back to watch the fabulous wicking in the fabric. This works especially well on thin fabrics like China silk that will let the paint easily migrate throughout.
The results were beautiful and I can't wait to try it. This was so easy and such an interesting application of paint.

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