Today was spent avoiding the heat inside with paint, deColourant, lutradur and my all faithful heat gun (which stopped me avoiding heat because first it generates a lot and second I had to go outside to use it).
Last week I dyed a run of colour for a project and, as I usually do, made mud fabric. A mud fabric is one where you pour all your excess dye on top of some fabric and see what comes up. It is seldomly what you expect as the dyes take differently and some are expiring by the time they go on the scraps. Anyway, back on task. I dyed a metre of one fabric and threw in the spare fat quarter. The run was of 21 fabrics, so I had one left over.
Today I screen printed with one of the ‘word’ screens I made. I used a range of deColourant Plus to match the fabrics. Here is the finished result. I like it a lot and expect my mud fabric will be used before the actual fabrics I dyed.
The other thing I have been doing today is experimenting with fabric paint and more lutradur. I painted the fabric then vliesofixed black lutradur over the fabric which dulled the paint down and gave it some more texture. I then sponged more fabric with the same paints which will be borders and a little bit over the black lutradur.
two borders sewn on the muted centre
Whilst this was drying, I heated some Lutradur I had prepared. In the first piece I stitched a grid with cotton thread, using a decorative stitch. The second, I ironed some hot fix Angelina on the lutradur. I heated both extensively with the heat gun distressing it a lot.
Distressed Gold lutradur - Very distressed!
I will put this all together as soon as it all dries. If I can I will post a photo tomorrow. This is the second in my black and gold lutradur series and can be either quilted or mounted on a canvas. These will be used as class samples for my mixed media classes this year.
As always, I am interested in your thoughts.