How paint application tools deliver different results if used on wet instead of dry fabric
Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,
Last time we finished our short series on fabric paints. We used
Three posts to study the different types and effects of fabric paint:
- Fabric paints, Part 1: The different types of fabric paint – Post 52
- Fabric paints, Part 2: The main characteristics of fabric paints – Post 54
- Fabric paints, Part 3: Blending and diluting fabric paints – Post 57
A comparison of wet and dry painting techniques
We plan to use this and some further articles to experiment a bit with different paints and application tools.
The objective is to learn more about how fabric painting results are influenced by the basic technique we choose:
- a wet technique is applied on wet or dampened fabric with usually thin or diluted paints,
- a dry technique uses thicker paints on dry fabric.
The main effects of the dryness or the wetness of the fabric:
- A dry technique is our choice if we wish the paint colours to remain intense and exactly at the place on the fabric where they were applied.
- A wet technique is applied if we wish the colours to get paled or blended or if we want them to bleed into neighbouring areas.
(Have a look at Post 54 if you are interested in more details.)
Using different fabric paint application tools on dry and on wet fabric
The range of applications tools comprises not only paint brushes or markers or stamps but any object which helps us to get the paint on the fabric.
Example No 1
Here, we used the same application tools (see explanations on left side) on the dry and on the wet side of t-shirt. (Half of it was sprayed wet with a water spray bottle before the paint was applied.)
We can see different effects of the application tools on the wet and the dry side.
This is a zoomed picture of the two t-shirt sleeves.
On both sleeves two different paints were dropped.
On the dry side (left), the colour remains where it was dropped, on the wet side (right) the paint bleeds and blends with the second colour.
Example No 2
Again, we can easily see that the application tools all have different effects, depending on whether they were used on the dry or on the wet side of the fabric.
Summary of the results:
Both examples demonstrate that the tools we chose in these projects all can be used on either wet or dry fabric.
But we can also clearly see that the same tools create different effects and results if used on wet instead of dry fabric:
- On dry fabric the paint remains where we applied it, and the paint’s colour remains intense.
- On wet fabric the paint tends to bleed and to blend with neighbouring areas/paints. The colours get paler and the edges of the painted areas get blurred.
Next time (Post No 59), we will continue with further experiments on wet and dry fabric.
Please, don’t hesitate to share your experiences with wet and/or dry fabric painting techniques. Send pictures and a description of your projects by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.