Monday, May 11, 2009

While I'm working out the details on the Fabric Magic test, you might like to see one of the first things I did with Fabric Magic and Colorant. This is a really cool texture effect that later I found Barbara Matthiessen had already developed independently!

Barbara uses ugly duckling prints and overdyes them with 1 drop of Fabric Magic, 1 drop of Colorant, mixed with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water.

I wrote a tutorial and share it here with her permission. My version begins with rust-dyed fabric that needed a little something more. Click the link in the column on the left for a download-able pdf file with photos, step-by-step instructions, and a link to Earth Safe Finishes for lots more information and a chart of all 22 Colorant colors.

Using the right colors, you could create beautiful faux marble, granite, malachite, and scads more! I just love the texture and want to print a texture or background photo on top, once we've established the proper parameters of pre-treating fabric with the Fabric Magic mix!


Beth said...

So I've purchased the colorants, haven't had time to play with them yet. I absolutely LOVE that piece you did tho - gorgeous!!

Bridget473 said...

Cool! Thanks so much for sharing!

Carole said...

Beth.. this is so interesting, not to mention beautiful!
I must get out and see if I can find those products.
Thank you for sharing!

queenopearls said...

Beth the fabric is beautiful. Generation Green is so cost effective it blows my mind. The faux stone effect is awesome.
Thank you so much for the tutorial.