Hand Dyed Fabric Painting

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About: I'm a designer at Instructables. I have a degree in fashion design and like to sew, get crafty, and attempt to use power tools.


I did a lot of fabric dyeing in school, and had a ton of scraps from various projects. Some of them had some really interesting dye effects, and my friend gave me the idea to make a painting out of them.  The fabric is all silk charmeuse, but I'm sure most thin fabrics would work fine as well.

The steps I used to make it are pretty straightforward.  I used store bought canvas for a base, and painted the strips on with a diluted glue mixture and a wide brush.  The glue should be a thin, soupy consistency (enough glue to feel a slickness when you rub your fingers together, but thin enough to pour like a liquid).   I soaked the fabric completely with the mixture, and let the strips wrap around the sides by about a half inch or more (enough to lay flat, depending on the stiffness of the fabric).  Once the top of the panels was complete, I cut strips to cover the sides in the same fashion for a clean edge.

Happy painting!

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