Thursday, July 24, 2008

Fabric Marbling

I promised the information about fabric marbling with shaving cream a while ago, and here it is! This was a simple and fun project that kept Thing One and Thing Two occupied for over 3 hours one afternoon....and it was not as messy as I expected.

You need: Fabric Ink, shaving cream, squares of fabric, a squeegee, toothpicks or coffee stirrers, plastic to cover your work area, and an apron to protect your clothing.

Squirt some shaving cream on your work surface, then smooth it out with the squeegee.
Add drops of ink on top of the shaving cream. You can use as many or as few colors as you wish.
Swirl the ink around with a toothpick or coffee stirrer as desired. Thing One was making straight lines back and forth, Thing Two tended to stir around in circles. Your choice.

When you finish swirling, it looks something like this.

Now, place the fabric right side down on top of the shaving cream and ink. Pat it with your hand to make sure the fabric is touching the ink.

Remove the fabric carefully, then use the squeegee to wipe off the excess shaving cream. Wipe the squeegee with a paper towel or damp cloth between every swipe to prevent stray bits of ink from getting on the fabric.

Use your iron to heat set the ink on the fabric. Once it is heat set, it is permanent and washable. (Note: wash your hands in cold water, not hot!)

And that is all there is to it!!

1 comment:

jovaliquilts said...

Oh what fun!! My kids would have loved this when they were little!