How to combine wet and dry fabric painting techniques to create unique results
Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,
The last four posts focused on wet painting projects and our experiments helped us to get
A better understanding of some of the different effects of wet and dry techniques:
- We now know that paint application tools deliver different results if used on wet instead of dry fabric (see Post 58),
- We saw that paint bleeding on wet fabric takes some time and only stops when fabric and paint have dried completely (see Post 59),
- We used rock salt to create special effects with paints on wet fabric (see Post 60),
- And we realized that we can’t expect accurate results when painting on wet fabric (see Post 61).
We plan to continue our series of experiments with wet painting techniques soon, but today it’s not about learning but about
Playing around with a combination of dry and wet techniques.
One of my sisters celebrates her birthday this month, and I wish to send her a unique and personal present.
I decided to design a t-shirt for her.
Project phase 1: Combining two wet techniques: colour washing and salting
Using a water spray bottle, I sprayed the t-shirt until the fabric was completely wet.
Then I diluted thick blue paint with water. I made the paint very fluid, adding more and more water, until it had the consistency of milk.
I chose a round sponge brush as an applicator and created some rows of dots on the fabric. The fabric was so wet and the paint so fluid that the colour immediately started to bleed.
The next step was to quickly add rock salt crystals on the wet painted dots. I couldn’t see any effect immediately and, getting impatient, sprayed the salted areas with the water spray bottle again.
After that, I couldn’t do anything, I had to wait for the fabric and the paint to get dry.
The next morning brought the reward for the waiting time: the paint dots had continued bleeding during the drying phase, and the salt had created special effects, too:
Project phase 2: Combining two dry techniques: spraying and stencilling
My sister doesn’t like white shirts, thus I continued my work by adding a transparent paint layer using red and blue fabric paint sprays.
After a short waiting time, I continued with the last step: I used a commercial butterfly stencil to add more colour and life to the painting.
This is the final version:
This project was real fun! 🙂
Okay, I didn’t like the waiting time in between the different phases but it was worth it.
Combining several fabric painting techniques is exciting because the final result is not predictable.
And it is good to know for future projects that
We always can apply an additional technique and add another design-layer if we are not happy with the first one.
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Have fun with your fabric painting projects, :),