By Jennifer A. Simcik, Sharon Lothrop, Tammy Cromer-Campbell, Mary Craft
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When Tip A fabric sheet on the work surface is preferable to plastic for batching, to reduce the chance of the dye penetrating the resist. Unless you are working in an extremely dry environment, plastic will keep the fabric too damp. However, use plastic to achieve a more marbled effect. 64 Painting with Liquid Dye Visual Texture on Fabric brushing on liquid dyes, wipe the brush against the side of the dye container to remove excess dye. This helps prevent flooding the fabric with dye, thus breaching the resist.
Place the pins 2˝–3˝ apart at the top of the fabric and 4˝–5˝ apart at the sides. The fabric will stretch slightly when dampened by the resist, so pull the fabric taut when pinning or taping. Tip Leave the bottom half of the fabric loose. The fabric will stretch when the damp resist is applied, and if pinned the fabric may wrinkle while you are spreading the resist. Pour resist onto cloth. Pull resist across fabric with squeegee. Tip To achieve a greater crackle effect, roll up the cloth and squeeze it to crack the resist.
Materials ♦♦ Acrylic ♦♦ Tools or textile medium to apply resist to fabric* * Tools vary depending on the application technique; see pages 36–59. Acrylic medium applied with Thermofax screen Acrylic medium is a water-based emulsion typically used to modify acrylic paints. It comes in a variety of forms, both liquid and gel. It is creamy white and dries clear. Water soluble while wet, it becomes permanent on the fabric when dry. It does affect the hand of the fabric, particularly lightweight silks.