Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pounded fabric

Pounded fabric is still a rather unknown method of painting fabric. I learned this technique in one of the C&G courses I took with the Kemshalls. The whole proces might easily take up to 2 weeks, but the results are worth it . This time I used 2 pieces of fabric, one commercial black Kona and a blue/purple dyed one which needed a bit more:


I did not take pictures of every step, but if you go to the And then we set it on Fire blog, you will see that Kelly took pictures of every step.
I soaked each piece of fabric and put it scrunched into a plastic bag. The fabric was wet, but not dripping wet. In a cup I put silver and white acrylic paint - for the black fabric - and diluted this with water. For the blue fabric I used gold and magenta. Using a bristle brush I pounded the paint all over the fabric. Closed the plastic bag and put it into a container on top of the heater in the sunshine. Both bags remained like that for about a week. For the second week I opened the bags a bit and again left them there. After 2 weeks the fabric was dry enough and this is how the black one looked when I took it out of the plastic bag:


Not very attractive yet, but promising. After opening the fabric and ironing the pieces looked like this:



They look wrinkled, but they are ironed flat.
I am not a scientist, but I do know that the warmth creates the capillary reaction. The paint starts creeping up in the folds and remains there while the fabric dries.

7 comments:

Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

Beautiful! I will have to give this technique a try!

Margaret said...

Hmmm...if I get a weather forecast that promises the better part of two weeks of sunshine...I might just have to try this. How hot was the air temp?

Charlotte Scott said...

Wow!! I couldn't wait so I came over here to see your results. Amazing effects. How is the hand of the fabric afterwards?

Wil said...

The hand of the fabric is slightly different than before the painting. After all acrylic paint has been used.

Craft A Life said...

I will have to try this with thickened dyes.

Charlotte Scott said...

I have five different samples batching at the moment. Thanks so much for this info.

Beth said...

Glad I found your current blog. Great stuff and I added you to my Feedly app so I get to see you every post!!