Fabric Painting!

I found this great fabric on saleimg_4690

And immediately had an idea…img_4676

I wanted to make a quick, easy skirt.  I had to wait a bit to actually cut the fabric.  This was so funny!!  What you can’t see is that as soon as I placed the fabric on the table, Honeybee ran over and lay down on it.  I thought, ok, I have some yarn I need to wind for a student so I’ll just do that while he sleeps on my fabric.  I pulled out the yarn winder and got started.  As soon as I started winding yarn, Honeybee jumped up and started playing with the yarn.  I kept winding slowly to play with him and then left him with the yarn and went back over to my fabric.  As soon as I started marking the fabric, Honeybee came over and lay back down on the fabric.  This picture is actually from the second time he laid down on the fabric!  I did cut the fabric, but waited to do anything with it until Honeybee had his nap.img_4686

My idea is to paint the flowers (not every flower, but maybe 1/3 or 1/2 of them). I started with the centers of a few flowers.  Then I realized that I had not done any testing to see if this would actually work — how would it fare in the wash and the dryer??  I have just had the rose dyeing fail.  I decided to cut out a bit of fabric, paint it, wash it, dry it and iron it…

Can you tell the difference??  I can’t either except I took the pictures.  The one on the left is before washing, drying and ironing – the one on the right is after.  It made it through fabulously!!  I was all set to go

These are the flowers I have done so far:  one purple, one orange and one blue.  It takes awhile, but I am loving it.img_4734

These are the paints I am using.  They are a little stiffer when dry than I thought they would be even after washing and drying for the sample.  I am hoping over time things soften up a little.