Layering Colors and Patterns
You 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 Dharmatrading.com) that I heated and pressed against screen mesh and dried reeds to make the geometric shapes of the second layer.
Once 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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