Some of you are waiting for the next color trial,
so here it is in time for the weekend.
This time I used Aubusson Blue and a linen pillowcase that had an iron on transfer.
It's been washed several times and then became Bruce's, so it's a good candidate.
I wasn't sure if the dye would take over the transfer.
Surprise- it did.
I mixed my paint/water in a juice container.
You don't need measurements here, seriously.
It's like playing with watercolors- keep playing with it until you love it.
Put the lid on tightly and shake it, baby.
If you are a scare baby, go back to 'the recipe' of 1 part paint to 20 parts water.
(Was anyone reminded of the Baldwin sisters on Walton's Mountain just now?
Ah, my mind does wander.
I placed my pillowcase into a bowl and poured the mixture on top of it,
let it sit for a minute, then flipped it over and covered it with more.
It's less messy to do it that way, especially for small pieces.
Make sure your bowl or container is large enough to avoid spills.
I had my bowl in the sink
The larger things will be done in a tub outside.
It does NOT stain my white sink.
I love how the linen grabs the color.
This soaked for 20 minutes.
After wringing it out, I laid it out in the sun for 30 minutes.
It felt kind of stiff, so I threw it in the dryer for 5 minutes.
Bake it, baby.
Are you loving the way it deposits so unevenly? I am.
Remember that natural and untreated fabrics work best.
I have some drapes that I might try next.
They've been sitting in a cabinet forever, so why not?
I've always loved mixing potions and playing with color and texture,
so I'm definitely not finished playing yet.
After I removed the fabric from my container,
I poured my potion back into the juice bottle to reuse tomorrow.
The color sinks to the bottom of your container, so stir before re-use.
I also put the pink things thru a cold wash cycle with Tide
and threw in some white towels to see if the paint would bleed.
Success again! It didn't.
I threw them in the dryer and they came out soft and with no fading.
I'll be wearing that tee shirt and maybe wearing Sophie's babushka, too.
I might create a complete Annie Sloan summer wardrobe! ;)
I realize that ASCP is almost $40 a quart.
You may be thinking that this is an expensive way of dyeing fabric.
But really, it took so little paint!
So if you already have your favorite colors and you'd like to match a fabric,
this is genius!
I have so many different types of fabrics that I'll try some samples this weekend.
Add a little Graphite to darken, add a little Old White to lighten.
The possibilites are endless.
THIS IS FUN.
Go make your own potion!