Friday, May 16, 2014

DIY Marbled Paper & Fabrics

Marbled Paper and Fabric
When I did the marbled easter egg project last month, I also marbled a bunch of paper and fabric, in addition to the eggs I shared before. It takes a while to get everything set up and ready, so I thought it would be worth-while to marble other things at the same time. Turns out marbling is really addictive, so I'm glad I had lots of supplies at the ready!

Here's what you'll need:
  • Marbling supplies and tools (as outlined on the Marbled Paper Mache Easter Egg tutorial)
  • Cotton papers cut to the size of your marbling tray. I cut down a large sheet of cotton rag paper that I bought at the art store and also used some Canson 100% cotton sheets that came in 8.5 x 11 size
  • Light colored, natural weave fabric trimmed to size. I used plain cotton muslin and a cotton/linen blend
Don't forget to prep the materials for marbling. For paper, just brush a thin coat of the alum mixture on the paper and let dry. For fabric, immerse the pieces in the alum and let sit for 20 minutes. Wring out and hang dry. Iron out any wrinkles before you start marbling.

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Follow through the same steps as the marbled egg project. Once the paints are ready to go, slowly lay the paper or fabric down onto the surface. Tap the back of the paper/fabric to ensure that it has made contact with the paint. Carefully lift from one end. Lightly rinse with water to remove the methocel and hang dry. Clean off the surface of the methocel with scrap paper and start again!

Marbled Paper and Fabric

It's interesting to see the variation in colors on the different surfaces. In my experience, the colors were more vibrant on the paper than the fabric. Both the muslin and the cotton/linen fabric held the colors well, but the cotton/linen results were a little more subdued. I had to increase the contrast on the color batches for that fabric, while the paper picked up every tiny little color variation very easily. I'm planning on sharing a few different projects that you can do with the finished marbled pieces, but in the meantime, here's a little gallery of what I came up with.

Marbled Paper and Fabric
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So cool, right?! It's great that these beautiful results can be achieved with inexpensive craft paints. The marbling on the paper pieces is done and permanent as soon as the paper is dry. The paints on the fabric will need to be heat set to become permanent. After they're dry, iron each fabric panel on the reverse side to set the marbling then hand wash in cool water to remove whatever methocel is left in the fibers. Hang dry.

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Have a lovely weekend, friends! I'll be at Maker Faire in San Mateo Saturday and Sunday selling with SF Bazaar. Maybe I'll get a chance to sneak away for a little and catch some of the exhibits. If you're there come by and say hi!

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! You totally need to try it! :)

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  2. Another question, did you use the same paint as the eggs for these?

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    1. Yes. Everything is the same as the eggs except the surface prep - soaking the fabric in the alum instead of brushing it on. The paints are the same diluted acrylics. :)

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  3. Gorgeous results, Casey! I can't wait to see what you'll make.

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  4. Gor-geous! I really want to turn that fabric into a dress!

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    1. Super cool, right? I have a fabric hoarding problem so I'm hoping I don't chicken out when it comes to actually using these pieces! :)

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