Dear Chicago House,
Followers on Facebook have already had a sneak peak at this fabric design project.
and now here I am to share more details and give you the ins and outs of how to do this yourself. It is very easy and a lot of fun.
First lets just take a look at the fabric I designed.
It looks complicated and time consuming but is actually very quick and easy to do.
How to design your own fabric using sharpies
You will need
- Fine paint brush
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton fabric
Lay your fabric out on a flat surface in a well ventilated area using something like cardboard to protect your work surface.
Simply sketch out a simple pattern (more on that below!). Here is the pattern I used.
Then take your paintbrush and dot a liberal amount of rubbing alcohol in the center of each pattern element
The alcohol will start to spread outwards and the colors will start to bleed and blend
The alcohol drys very quickly and you are left with a beautiful fabric.
The design options are limitless and I went a little crazy creating test patterns but the end result is that you have a whole swatch of example to give you inspiration for your own fabrics.
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 .
I’d love to see any fabrics you make using this technique.
Creative in Chicago