Finding the perfect colors for each hand marbled pieces of fabric can be a challenge. Â Generally I find myself using a combination of six colors. Â The tricky part is that the paints I use are opaque (Solid), translucent (see through but not clear) and transparent (clear). Â Each color is printed on a colored background. Â I am using Burnt Orange for this example.Â All of my paints are in clear jars. Â A fair amount of fiddling around and trying different combinations of paint follows. Â My favorite combination is dropped onto the clear marbling base. Â Sometimes that can change the look of the colors.
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. Â More fiddling with the combination maybe required at this point.
The colors often change once they dry. Â The hard part is waiting fifteen days for the paints to cure. Â 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. Â It takes about three week from start to finish.