Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Experiments

After watching Jane Dunnewold on a Quilting Arts episode, I decided to try flour paste as a resist. It's easy and it works.
Half flour, half water mixed to a smooth paste is spread on the fabric and allowed to dry. I crinkled it up to get lots of cracks then painted it with black acrylic paint. It needs to be a paint that doesn't have to be heat set. Then it was soaked in a pail of water until the flour was off-lots of rubbing. The water was thrown in the flower bed, so there would be no drainage problems in the bathroom. I'm pleased with the results and happy to work with a non toxic process.

When I was cutting the celery for the turkey stuffing, I saw that the cut off end was interesting, so I saved it. Once the turkey was in the oven, I used the celery to stamp a painted fabric that I didn't like. Much better now.

7 comments:

Roberta said...

Interesting process. I used to paint on silks and some cottons. Mainly I used Deka fabric paint or silk paints. I never experimented with much else but I would like to. You have inspired me.

Diane Kelsey said...

Cooking a Turkey and still time to play, I'm impressed. Really like the effect of the flour resist, something worth a try.

ju-north said...

Will try this. I once did something similar but left the paste on the fabric - now several years later cracked flour which was painted is still ok! (Picture on my blog aomewhere!)

Sarah said...

I love the idea of the celery! It just goes to show how something so mundane can be used so creatively!

liniecat said...

Will try the flour paste too thansk for the heads up and neat idea with the celery!
Oh dear......MORE SNOW!
I cant bring myself to snow dye, its too cold out there!!

Cassie said...

Wow what great ideas! And so inexpensive - I love being able to use things that I already have lying around the house (or the pantry or refrigerator). Now if I can just find the time to try them out. Have a Blessed weekend:)

Judy Rys said...

Great experiments. You just never know what will work well. I bet celery stalks all look different, like human fingerprints.