Finding the perfect colors for each hand marbled pieces of fabric can be a challenge. Generally I find myself using a combination of six colors. The tricky part is that the paints I use are opaque (Solid), translucent (see through but not clear) and transparent (clear). Each color is printed on a colored background. I am using Burnt Orange for this example. All of my paints are in clear jars. A fair amount of fiddling around and trying different combinations of paint follows. My favorite combination is dropped onto the clear marbling base. Sometimes that can change the look of the colors.
The hand dyed fabric is the gently lowered onto the base. They are lifted and rinsed.
I discovered it is hard to photograph wet fabric. The water reflects the light, just like a lake or pond.
Opaque colors tend to stay the same, translucent colors may darken or appear to mix with the fabric color, transparent color allows the hand dyed color to shine through. More fiddling with the combination maybe required at this point.
The colors often change once they dry. The hard part is waiting fifteen days for the paints to cure. No trying to rush them or the colors do not adhere properly and all of the work is wasted.
The cured fabric is washed, dryed and ironed. It takes about three week from start to finish.
It is so exciting to see what artists are creating with my hand marbled fabric. Eagle is a pattern by Kathy McNeil, you can find it on her web site. Wow! this big bad girl is gorgeous. I say she as female eagles are larger than the males, wing span up to six and one half feet across. Kathy has captured the majesty of the American Bald Eagle. I am adding a close up of the body, it shows how my hand marbled Chocolate and Black fabrics were used to add depth and texture.
Cannot wait to see the beauty in person!!!
Nothing makes me happier than seeing my hand marbled fabrics turned into wonderful, brilliant, amazing creations. A couple of Summers ago I received a this photo from Joy Hegglund. She had taken the photo on Hornby Island, BC, Canada. Joy was excited to be taking a class from Kathy McNeil and she would be using this photo. Kathy was kind enough to recommend my hand marbled fabrics to her students. Joy wanted a range of grays dark to light and a selection of blacks. I started experimenting with a gradation of grays, dying them and then marbling. Joy had planned ahead, so I was able to get her hand marbled fabrics to her in plenty of time class her class.
Earlier this week another photo arrived of the completed quilt, Guardian Spirits. Congratulations are in order as Guardian Spirits has been accepted into International Quilt Festival, Houston 2015.
It takes my breath away. I love seeing the original photo and then Joy’s creation. Is it just me are do I see faces in some of the rocks?
OK, I had to show off my hand marbled fabric. I am in the middle of adding new color and updating existing colors to my web site. Take a look!
Yep!, I am in the middle of marbling mania. Just finished ironing Burnt Orange in Dragon Wing Design and knew it was the new Featured Fabric. Really love the color combination marbled on the Burnt Orange background.
Mariana Foliart was in my booth at Quilt Fest in October 2104. She was admiring my hand marbled fabrics and all of a sudden she looked at me and said something to the effect of “I’ve got it, I know just what to do”. I asked “Got what?” She said, “You will see”.
In May 2015 during a wonderful visit to the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum with my sister, we found Diamond String Quilt. The original (on left) was created in 1890 it’s maker is unknown. Marianna was so taken with she decided to make and updated version. The original quilt was made using silk, due to age and the chemical processes use on silk during the period (1880 – 1890) the black silk varies in color. I was so excited to see that mariana had used my hand dyed marbled fabrics to create that vintage look.
A Job well done.
I have been busy dying fabric to marble. I have two large piles of fabric dyed, thought I had best get started on the marbling part. Here is a glimpse into the marbling process. River Rocks – this is how the marbling base looks after I drop the paints onto the surface. The paint expands and I can drop the fabric at this stage or carry on.
The first step in moving the paint and creating a design is always Gel-Git which means back and forth. It is the foundation for most marbling designs.
Followed by Cascade. I use a selection of custom made rakes and combs, different widths 1/4″ to 3″ gaps.
I can go several ways at this point, this piece turned into Dragon Wing. This is one of my original designs and the name is because everyone sees some sort of wing it the design.
The first three days of color are Cerulean, Purple and Teal. The colors are always darker when the are wet. Some colors are opaque, others are transparent, that may call for adjusting and fiddling with the colors a bit. I also have started using a clear Iridescent paint, because it is clear it allows the hand dyed fabric color to shine thru for more drama.
Room for twenty pieces per day.
They get to drip dry over night, followed by a two week rest to cure.
Cerulean Marbled in Freestyle Design is my current Featured Fabric. I’m not sure why but I have become obsessed with Cerulean. When I hear the saying “once in a blue moon”, I am convinced that it is a Cerulean Moon. The next one will be July 31, 2015.