Monday, March 7, 2016

Painting PLUS snow: an experiment

 There are several ways to add color to fabric.

 This is an experiment to see how paint moves on fabric through snow. I've done snow dyeing and like the effect but not the cleaning up. I hoped paint would behave in a similar way but it didn't.
that does not mean it was a failure... just different.

Here is a short video of the drip painting process... I'll learn how to do videos better as I go along I hope!
(if it doesn't  show for you here, this is the link .youtube.

For some reason the fabric seemed to repel the paint rather than absorb it as usual. I dampened the fabric before putting it on the little hanger and diluted the paint as well.

I took an old box lid, lined it with freezer paper, placed another wet muslin fat quarter in, then a thin layer of snow on top. I poured the diluted paint onto the hanging fabric and let it drip onto the snow.
It was above freezing that day, so I put this in the sun to melt. My hope was the paint would leave a crystalline pattern on the fabric as it does in snow dyeing.
I let the drip painted cloth hang here while it air dried.
The results surprised me, and I'll show you what came of it tomorrow.

You'll come back tomorrow and see won't you? Although it didn't work as expected, the finished piece might be one of my very favorite painted fabrics...ever!
Learned:
1. Just try it!
2. Really wet the fabric, making sure all chemicals were washed from it first so it doesn't repel the paint
3. Paint is a surface treatment even though it absorbs into muslin showing on the back. Dye becomes bonded to the fibers through a reaction, paint coats the fibers adhering with acrylic adhesive. They look similar but are different processes.
4. Both are permanent when heat set but paint is faster and less toxic

Remember: Results tomorrow! or follow this link... http://lapaylor.blogspot.com/2016/03/watching-paint-dry.html


12 comments:

  1. Fun project! I am really curious to see how it turns out and what you will make with it! Thanks for sharing!!

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  2. Interesting. I will definitely be back......if nothing but to look at the snow! I don't get to see that often.

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  3. Interesting and very pretty.

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  4. Looking forward to seeing the end results, I'm rarely disappointed by my experiments and you inspire me to play more.

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  5. Pretty colors even if it didn't drip like you wanted. ;)

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  6. I've seen pins about snow painting - I probably pinned a few myself. I'm curious to see how your fabrics turn out - our snow will be gone very soon so I might have to put this on my list for next winter :D It's not that I look forward to snow - UGHHHH!! ... but for crafts - maybe!

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  7. i wanted say Dilute your Paint a bit more as in add spritzs water to nearly empty jar,shake and dribble as your paint looked sorta thick from where i sat. you might also try versatex screen printing inks,( No affiliation),diluted and experiment.good of you to take notes, i usually repeat my oood and not so good session, however i have saved samples for teach and learning situations. i have used these sp inks to paint for many,many decades and they rarely disappointed me as it all depends on your desired outcome, which might be suspended and just see what happens. and all cloth is not jewel tones,some are pastels and some all the in bee tween tones and notes. i have a migration technique for great background of, say a forest with sunlight and sky emerging. and a light cloth piece can also be enhanced,deeped later with painting, some or all areas, just saying,,, i'll be back....

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  8. two of my paints did need some dilution as they were the end of the jar. I mixed in water but not enough. I need to try versatex ink for sure! Great reminder that not all fabric needs to be jeweltone... we need pastels too! LEeAnna

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  9. Ooh! I am SO coming back tomorrow. Did you use Dye-na-flow? I love that stuff, and wonder if running through the snow might have diluted it enough so that it behaved more like dye on your FQ. I can't stand waiting!
    Do you suppose it (or whatever you used) was affected by the air temp? Since it is really paint, not dye, per se, maybe a warmer environment. It makes me wish I lived where it snows sometimes. I wonder if I could make faux snow with my food processor or some way, and try it right in my own backyard. I cannot wait to see you result!

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  10. Hi LeeAnna,
    Thanks for the comment!
    That explains the snow dying without snow in the garden! :)
    Love the lime(?) green garden lawn chair!
    And the new fabrics you created! Camra man did a good job too!
    Looking forward to the next post!

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  11. Hi LeeAnna,
    Thanks for the comment!
    That explains the snow dying without snow in the garden! :)
    Love the lime(?) green garden lawn chair!
    And the new fabrics you created! Camra man did a good job too!
    Looking forward to the next post!

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  12. Snow dying....I've never heard of it! But I don't dye fabric so all that is new to me. I'll keep checking on your progress. :) Thanks for linking to MCM!

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