I am currently experimenting with several different methods of printing and painting on fabric. I love working with watercolor so I thought it would be fun to try and capture a "watercolor look" with screen printing ink. As most experiments go....the result was not exactly what I expected.
The color palette came from a selection of pearl cotton threads that I am using on a different project. I mixed the colors that I wanted and prepared the fabric by saturating it with water. I used foam brushes to apply the ink and added water to keep the ink the right consistency. I have been studying fingerprint patterns (a story for another day) so I used that theme for my design inspiration.
It took the fabric a long time to dry because I did not want to hang it up and have the ink run. I used a hair dryer to speed up the process because.....well.....I am very impatient! In the end, the colors faded as they dried. That was disappointing but I was able to capture an image to manipulate on my computer.
As I mentioned before, this was not the outcome I was expecting. You win some....you lose some....but you have to keep experimenting to discover something new!