Sunday, April 15, 2012

Playing in the Kitchen: Matzoh Resist Part 2

After the matzoh resist-covered fabric dries completely, remove the pieces from the boards. In the case of the crackle piece, you will need to scrunch the fabric to create cracks in the resist. The paint will seep into the cracks to reach the fabric thus creating the design.

Before painting, insert a piece of muslin between the plastic film that is taped to the board and the resist-covered fabric. The muslin will absorb excess paint and help prevent it from breaching the resist.

Mix up some Pebeo Setacolor Transparent Fabric Paint. You will need the paint to be thicker than the usual dilution (which is 1 part paint to 2 parts water), I usually mix about a 1 part paint to 1.5 parts water. The paint should be about the consistency of heavy cream. This also prevents the paint from flowing under the resist (breaching).

Use a foam brush to apply the paint.

If the paint starts to pool, you can use scrap fabric or a paper towel to soak it up.

After the fabrics are painted, they will need to dry completely before setting. More about that in the next post.

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