Coloring

Something else I’m doing, a bit here, a bit there, when I feel like it. Coloring fabric is quite fun, and if you have sproglets, I imagine setting something like this up would make you wildly popular. For something like this, you can use lovely, ever so cheap muslin. Dye it with tea, coffee, berries, what have you, then draw on it. (It’s not strictly necessary that you be able to draw – a pattern is easily traced onto muslin.)

Muslin dyed, drawing done, and pinned to the wall.
Muslin dyed, drawing done, and pinned to the wall.

Now, fabric coloring is usually done with crayons, and they do work fabulously! (I also have a metric you-know-what of crayola crayons in the house, so that works out.) I have found that oil pastels work brilliantly too, so that’s what I’m using here. As you can see, you don’t need mondo expensive state of the art oil pastels. Any kind will do. As you can see, the spot on the test piece of fabric worked out great – that piece was washed in hot water and tossed in the dryer, and the color is stable.

Have your pastels or crayons ready.
Have your pastels or crayons ready.

Start coloring! Go nuts, have fun! I’ll be embroidering the edges, so I’m not terribly concerned with being neat.

Start coloring!
Start coloring!

Once you’ve colored a bit, place a paper towel over it and apply a very hot iron. Iron the hell out of it. This will soak up the excess:

Blotting paper
Blotting paper

You can call that section good, or burnish it, add to it, whatever you like.

It's all about having fun.
It’s all about having fun.

Combining oil pastels and crayola crayons now:

pastels and crayons
pastels and crayons

 

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