Finally...time to move on to the opaque fabric paint.
First, I had to cut some freezer paper masks so that I could work on the oval background and the hand separately. I also cut a mask to cover the area surrounding the oval and hand. I will be working on that part of the piece later, after I finish with the center area.
|Cutting out the freezer paper masks|
I decided to work on the oval areas around the Hamsa hands first. After cutting the freezer paper masks, I ironed them on to the fabric.
|Ironing the freezer paper masks to the fabric|
Next, I mixed up some colors of opaque fabric paint. I rolled each paint color out on a glass palette with a foam roller (also called a brayer) to get an even coat on the roller. On the piece with the blue oval (and orange Hamsa), I rolled colors out on print blocks and printed the uncovered area with them.
|Printing with opaque fabric paint|
On the piece with the fuchsia oval (and turquoise Hamsa), I slipped a hot glue block design under the fabric and rolled the paint over the fabric to pick up the design (a "brayer" rubbing). I then moved the block to offset the design and used one of the Pentel pastel dye sticks to do a rubbing.
|Rubbings with opaque fabric paint and pastels|
Now it's time to cover up the background and print the Hamsa hands. Won't be long before I remove all the glue!
|On to printing the Hamsa hands!|