Layering Colors and Patterns

24 July 2009 at 1:35 am 1 comment

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou can add depth to fabric with layers of surface design techniques. For this pastel silk crepe scarf,  I made a dye paste by mixing professional procion silk dyes with alginate to make the dye a good consistency for silk screening. I cut some simple shapes from craft paper and silk screened them onto the fabric, decided that wasn’t enough, and started to play with stamps. I had some moldable foam (from that I heated and pressed against screen mesh and dried reeds to make the geometric shapes of the second layer.

blueleavesxOnce I steam set those colors into the silk, I painted the thickened dye paste onto some rubber stamps I’d made and scattered leaves across the background.  I added a few scattered dots from leaf to leaf with a pencil eraser and voila, a subtle pastel leaf scarf.

You can get more information and see different views of this scarf at my Etsy Shop.


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  • 1. Jay Shaft  |  6 August 2009 at 6:54 am

    i have been following your posts for a while now all i can say
    is they are great. I look forward to reading more from you.


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