Dear Chicago House,
Who knew this little post on custom fabric creation would get so much interest. I shared only one technique for creating your own stunning fabric but I am here today for another lesson.
Design your own fabric with Sharpies
You will need
- Fine paint brush
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton fabric
- Color fixer (optional)
Lay your fabric out on some cardboard and create a design based on pairs of lines. you can use solid or dotted lines like my example below.
Take your paint brush and apply a liberal amount of alcohol between each set of lines as illustrated by the red below.
The liquid will spread outwards leaving a clear strip between the line pairs
And here are some examples.
This one I used different colored dots on some of the lines
And this one I created with solid lines
A reader shared a tip for getting the color to stay put. After the alcohol has dried, iron the fabric then treat it with a color fixer – she recommended a product called retayne – you can buy it on amazon here .
Creative in Chicago