Exploring and Experimenting
I’m playing around with some new paints, DecoArt So-Soft fabric paint that doesn’t require heat setting (one less step!) and doesn’t leave a residue on the fabric so the sheen and softness that makes silk… well, silky… isn’t compromised. They come in a rainbow of gorgeous colors and they’re working pretty well except that they stop floating after two or three colors are laid down on the size. I want to see what happens when I over marble two or even three times to get more depth and richer colors.
Phase One: Plain white 8 mm and 5 mm habotai. Left: Orange, scarlet and yellow pushed into veins and lines by topping with soft peach stones, then pulled into loose scallops. Center: Two shades of red with black loose freehand swirl (red looks pink). Right: Sienna and brown raked diagonally.
Below: Three shades of purple/lilac combed into peacock pattern. (hard to see here but my peacock pattern always comes out kind of wobbly and distorted. Not sure what I’m doing wrong, but even wobbly distorted peacock pattern still looks pretty.)
Phase Two: The sienna and brown overmarbled with chocolate brown, more sienna, and purple raked diagonally in the opposite direction. I feel like this is starting to take on kind of a botanical look. I’m thinking of adding a moss green and/or turquoise blue combed into leaf-fern shapes.
Red and black overmarbled magenta and scarlet along with more wine red. Not sure about this one. Where do I go from here? Would another layer be too much?
Orange and scarlet scallops overmarbled with blue, purple, and a darker melon color. The orange became more cinnamon brown which is nice. The melon is feeling a little obnoxious. I want to fuse the whole thing together, but how?
Purple peacock overmarbled with the same color combo combed into a peacock pattern again. Very pretty, like lilac lace. Giving some thought to a finishing layer of subtle silver swirls.
I didn’t take a Phase One picture of this one but it started out dyed a pale aqua color, then marbled with 3 shades of blue freehand swirled. Overmarbled with large stones of 2 deeper blues loosely swirled that look like large indigo flowers. You can see the places where the pattern was broken at top center and lower left corner where the fabric creased as I lay it down but I’m not too upset about it. It adds some interest and dimension and I think I’ll hit it with one more layer to camouflage those flaws a little bit. I’m really liking this one.
Phase Three to come…