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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

More playtime

So, once again Laura Kemshall (DesignMattersTV) inspired me to play!  I know, I'm easily led aren't I!  Laura was showing how to turn your sketchbook work from your journal onto fabric.  Well, this little old lady doesn't have a sketchbook journal, so I didn't have any pages to put to fabric.  But I liked the technique and thought maybe a new piece of fabric might work better than the geese on my embroidery flowers!

To start, I used Liquitex acrylic ink to write on a scrap of white batik I had.  The batik has circles in the background, which I hoped would show through.
After the ink dried, which is rather quick, I stenciled using a heavy body white acrylic paint.  Stencils were circles and what looks like branches.  I have several of Mary Shaw's stencils, which I really like.

After the paint dried, I mixed Liquitex soft body  paints to a very, watercolor shade and painted over the entire piece.

I'm happy with the results and it appears the colors may go well with the embroidery flower piece. But that's for another chapter!  Or post!


  1. That process created a pretty amazing fabric! Gorgeous. It will be wonderful with the embroidery.
    xx, Carol

  2. I can see why you were intrigued with this approach….unique and looks like a lot of fun, and one that yields usable fabric!

  3. This was a timely post for me because I have been thinking of getting out my stencils again. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Very cool. I love that layered look.

  5. Each step of your playing looked excellent. And yet, the finished piece of fabric is delightful! Always take time to play...

  6. Wow! I love it. I have wanted to try journaling on fabric for a while. I am so jealous of you!!!! Keep going, play!

  7. Really creative! Your writing with the ink looks so nice- mine always blobs and wobbles. Nice process.


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