PLAYING with FABRIC PAINT

posted by SHELLEY BRUCAR

“Southern Lights IX” (c)2010 Shelley Brucar – before stitching

This is my most recent experiment with paint and another piece in my “Southern Lights” series.  It is painted in many layers, almost all with transparent PROfab textile paint from ProChemical.com.  Transparent paint works much like fabric dye, especially if it is diluted with water or ProChem’s base extender.  If you apply transparent paint on a layer of dryed paint, some of the previous layer with show through.  The actual amount of transparency depends on the dilution of the top layer.  If you apply transparent paint on top of still-wet paint, the colors will blend.  On this piece, I used opaque white paint to cover parts I did not like, parts that did not flow well with the design.  After allowing the white opaque paint to dry just a little, you can use transparent paints again to redesign.  Paint takes to fabric best if you do not iron in between layers, so heat-set the paint when the design is finished.

I use a variety of methods to apply paint to fabric including paint brushes, foam brushes, thermofax screens, scrunched plastic bags, cotton “puffs”, moldable stamps and fingers.  Remember how much fun it is to finger-paint?  On this piece, as with several of the Southern Lights series, I have layered dyed cheesecloth in spots; cheesecloth – or other embellishments – will adhere to your fabric if you place them on wet paint, the paint acting as a glue.

Next, this piece may undergo a little more painting; then it will be beaded and stitched.

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6 Comments

Filed under Art Stuff, Fabric painting, Fiber Art, Impressionist Landscapes

6 responses to “PLAYING with FABRIC PAINT

  1. Very nice colors . Am interested in what it looks like after you apply stitching.

  2. I saw your art at the Fine Art of Fiber Show. I really like your use of color and embellishment. I was introduced to ProChemical inks during a class at Lill Street Art Center. How do you think their products compare to the Pebeo Setacolor line of fabric paints?

    • Thanks for compliment, Ramona. I use ProChem paints almost exclusively. Compared to Setacolor, they are slightly thicker. I like working with thermofax screens, and ProChem paints are the perfect consistency for screening. They can also be thinned with paint extender or water depending on what you’re doing.

  3. I have used Seta paints up until now, the thickness is a huge advantage in painting silk and and other fabrics, but I still often have to add the thickener as well.
    I can’t wait to try the ProChemical paints. Your site contains a wealth of information. Thanks for the quality content.

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