Fabric Painting Experiments

Finally, the holidays are over but, even though I need to focus on some home maintenance, I am still squeezing in a few moments to do some experimentation in fabric painting.

Have found there are different approaches that need to be taken depending on the type of fabric being painted. To date, most of my work has been done on either silk chiffon or habotai silk. The results between those two fabrics clearly illustrate how different they really are.

From Surface Design
From Surface Design

Above are examples of habotai silk. Being a dense weave, the paints can retain their own identity even when multiple applications of paint are applied. There is good color definition.

From Surface Design
From Surface Design
From Surface Design

Above are examples of silk chiffon. Painting with mutiple colors during the same pass results in pretty much a solid color due to the wicking that occurs when this fabric is damp. As a result, I have started painting this fabric with a single color and then overpainting when the base is dry. What does occur is when the overpaint is a darker color than the base, the darker paint retains its color. When the overpaint has the same value as the base, however, a new color emerges (the red base has a turquoise overpaint!). The colors on chiffon are much softer than on habotai.

An acquaintance has directed me to yet another fabric, a silk and cotton blend. I am anxious to try that.