Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Printed Fabric Bee Urban Surfaces Giveaway

It's that time of the month again...when The (Fabulous) Printed Fabric Bee offers up a giveaway collection of fabrics. Each month, a member of the group becomes the Queen Bee and decides on a theme. The rest of the bee members get to work to produce some pretty amazing fabrics. This month's Queen was Leslie Tucker Jenison. Her theme was Urban Surfaces and she asked for a 6" x 24" piece (final fabric sizes have to add up to 144 square inches). The theme seemed to resonate with many in the group and this may be one of the best collections yet!

For inspiration, I decided to look back as some photos I'd taken of graffiti. These are from a trip to NYC and a bridge walk over the Manhattan Bridge.

There is so much to work with here! I was intrigued by some of the more subtle color changes in the painted bricks.

For the brick design, I decided to use a liquid soap resist. BTW, I cover more about what you can do with this resist in my upcoming book, Fabric Printing at Home.

A look around the studio and I found a kitchen sponge. I cut a piece to resemble a brick and started painting the sponge with soap and printing to build my wall.

Next, I painted over the resist with black Pebeo Setacolor Transparent Fabric Paint.

After the resist and paint dried, I set the paint and removed the resist. I made two pieces of fabric so I could experiment on one and have extra for the giveaway.

I painted the fabrics with a selection of transparent paint colors. I let some of them bleed together for more interesting color combinations.

For the graffiti layer, I placed a hot glue on cardboard block under the fabric and rolled over with white Pebeo Setacolor Opaque Fabric Paint.

Finally, I added some marks with a black brush-style Pigma pen.

Here is the final piece.

Here is the 6" square giveaway piece.

For a chance to win the complete collection of 6" squares, visit The Printed Fabric Bee blog and leave a comment. The winner's name will be drawn on October 15th.

Visit the other members' blogs to find out how the rest of  pieces in the collection were created:

Deborah Massie Boschert
Lisa Chin
Gerrie Congdon
Carol Eaton
Lynda Heines
Lynn Krawczyk
Jackie Lams
Susan Purney Mark


  1. Love the methods you used in this piece. It is so effective.

    1. Thanks Maggi- The Bee really pushes me to try new combinations of techniques...I'm happy with how this piece worked out.

  2. Replies
    1. It's got my head exploding with possibilities! Time for studio time!!

  3. What an exceptional design and process! I am looking forward to pulling out my paint! :) ~ Christina

    1. Hi Christina- Happy to hear you were inspired! Pull out those paints! Can't wait to see what you create.