I saw this demonstrated at the Chicago quilt show yesterday and had to try it today. She was using ink, but I used craft store acrylic paint because I don’t have ink and it worked fine. It was messy, so make sure you have plastic on your work surface, you’re near a sink, and have lots of paper towels.
The one on the left is the first try and it came out the best. For the one on the right I used the same shaving cream, added a little more paint and swirled it some more, but it came out muddier than the first, but it’s still cool.
I had only cut four pieces of muslin, so I used a piece of Viva paper towel for this one. Viva paper towels are real thick and I use them as “drop cloths” when I paint and stamp and then save them to use in projects.
Rather than explain the process, I found this video on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhBJiQjn3zA
He uses Tsukineko inks and a toothpick to swirl the ink. I followed this same process except I used craft store acrylic paint, a small paint brush handle to swirl the paint, and an old credit card as a scraper. Make sure you use shaving cream foam, not the gel.
My next project is rusting fabric with steel wool pads.
I had a great time at the quilt show yesterday. I split my time between looking at the quilts, taking classes at Make It University, and watching demonstrations in Open Studios. I don’t shop because I like to use recycled items and supplies I already have. I topped off the fun day with a stop at Trader Joe’s on the way home!