Friday, February 5, 2010
Marbling Fabric the easy way- Tutorial
I'm going to share the way I did the marbling on this silk fabric.
It is SO easy and uses supplies you can get easily find or may even have.
This will be a no photos tutorial because it is THAT EASY!
1. A flat pan that is larger than the piece of fabric you want to marble.
2. Pieces of cotton, silk, or most any fabric cut at least 2 inches smaller than your tray. I do NOT prewash the fabrics before I marble them.
3. Alum - found in the spice section of your grocery store.
4. Liquid laundry starch
5. Acrylic artist paints in tubes
6. Small throw away cups to mix paint and water.
7. Eye droppers - can be purchased at your local pharmacy
1. Soak fabric pieces in a solution of 3T of Alum to 1 qt. warm water. Stir alum into hot water and give it time to dissolve. Allow to cool before adding fabric.
2. Remove from container and let drip dry to prevent wrinkles.
3. Pour liquid laundry starch in your container to a depth of 1" - could be deeper or shallower.
4. Squeeze a small amount of your selected colors into a cup. Add enough water to make it the consistency of heavy cream.
5. With eye dropper GENTLY drop paint onto surface of starch.
6. If it sinks to the bottom it is too thick - add a little more water. You also could be dropping it with too much force if it sinks.
7. Different colors behave differently and you will learn now they behave as you experiment.
8. Continue adding paint until you are pleased with the effect.
9. You can drop one color on top of another for an interesting effect.
10. Take a piece of your dried alumed fabric and hold it from both ends.
11.Place the center of the fabric in contact with the starch/paint container and gently lower the sides so you do not trap air bubbles as you allow the fabric to contact the surface.
12. Remove fabric as soon as it has made contact.
13. Rinse GENTLY under cold running water.
14. Hang to dry.
15. When dry press.
16. Add more paint and continue to marble more fabric.
17. You will want to continue with the same or similar colors.
18. One pan of starch will yield numerous pieces of fabric.
19. I continue marbling fabric until the starch solution is no longer deep enough to support paint.
20. I dispose of the remaining solution by flushing it down the drain with copious amounts of water.
21. Expect serendipitous results.
22. If you are not pleased with a piece of fabric, it is amazing how well it works in a project when you cut it up.
I sometimes swirl the paint, or I use a straw and blow on the paint to create designs.
I have not found this is the best method to use if you want intricate exacting combed designs, although I have done some combing with a wide tooth hair comb.
It this is not clear please ask questions and I will clarify the tutorial.
I'd appreciate seeing the fabrics you create with these instructions.
This is not rocket science. Play with it. Have FUN!