Sunday, May 31, 2009

Playing with Sharpies

I finally had a chance to play with Sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol. This first picture is my coloring done on PFD fabric. Notice how scribbly it is. I found the larger tipped markers much easier to use, although the fine points gave just as nice a finished product. The light peachy orange circles are done with a fine tipped marker as are some of the highlights added to the circles. Here is the piece after I wet it with alcohol. I used about 1/4 cup for this piece and put it on with a foam brush. I painted with the fabric flat, but had to lean it to dry since the color was running off the fabric.
Here's a picture of the foam core board I pinned it to for the alcohol addition. Next time I'll try putting a piece of plain fabric underneath since I like the soft look.

And here is the final product. The green did not travel as well as the other colors. I can still see the scribble lines I drew. What I really like about this process is that the colors became more intense.

I will definitely do a few more experiments and then probably start on a hand-colored jacket!
Thanks to everyone on the Quiltart list who gave me tips about this technique. You are the greatest!


Blogger Kimberly said...

Hi Lisa,

That looks great. Did you get any great tips that are worth sharing?


11:47 AM  
Blogger pcoxdesign said...

Wow! That looks awesome! I may have to give that a try.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Carole said...

My first opportunity to comment Lisa, but this looks like fun. The results are definitely positive.
If you get a chance... what kind of alcohol did you use? I am guessing Rubbing alcohol?
Thank you for sharing this technique.

5:06 PM  

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