Fabric Spray Paint Test-Part 2

Hi everyone! A while ago, I wrote a post about testing how Tulip Color Works fabric paint works. This week, I wanted to talk more about how the paint worked when using a stencil.

After my previous test and discovering the paint’s colors didn’t blend together like I planned, I wanted to see if I could use the paints with a stencil. I had an idea to use the paints with a stencil on a future project, but I would need to make the stencil myself. Since I couldn’t buy a stencil, I wanted to know what I could use to make the stencil that wouldn’t allow the paint to bleed under the stencil.

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Fabric Spray Paint Test-Part 1

A few weeks ago, I talked about attempting ombre fabric dying for a costume I want to make. This week, I wanted to talk about something else I tried to create ombre colors on fabric before I tried ombre fabric dying: fabric spray paint.

Back when I was afraid to try ombre dying, I thought that I could use watered down fabric paint to achieve the same affect. I tried this before with just one color and it turned out really nicely, so I thought I could do it with three colors.

While looking at the fabric paint section at Hobby Lobby, I found that they had fabric paint in aerosol cans. I got very excited, so I bought two cans in two different colors so I could try them out on scrap fabric to see how well they blend.

Since I did multiple experiments with the paint, I’m breaking them up into two posts.

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Adventures in Dying Fabric- Trying Ombre Dying

In 2014, I made a post documenting my first attempt to dye a jacket. Even though that attempt turned out well and I mentioned that I wanted to write more posts about fabric dying, I never did because I didn’t have a reason to dye fabric. Recently, I decided to make a costume that was on my to-make list for years. I never perused making this costume because I felt it was too advanced for my skill level for me to make at that time and I believed I wouldn’t look good in it. After some encouragement from a friend of mine, I decided to make it anyway.

Even though my sewing skills are advanced enough to make the costume (I almost make the base of the costume in one weekend) and I lost enough weight that I felt comfortable wearing it, there was a problem with the costume’s construction that has bothered me since I wanted to make it for the first time: I would need to dye the fabric. And it’s not just dying the fabric like I did in my 2014 blog post. It’s ombre dye with more than two colors.

I was nervous about ombre dying because I believed it was hard to do. After doing a lot of research about ombre fabric dying online, I became even more nervous about attempting ombre dye because all the tutorials I found online talked about dying with one color, not with multiple colors. After many months of on and off thinking, I believed I thought of a way to ombre dye fabric with multiple colors and is easy for me to do.

I’m not sure if this is the way I want to dye the fabric for the costume I plan on making, but it is a start. If I change anything, I plan on making a formal tutorial later so others will have another option to ombre dye fabric as well.

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Clara Oswald’s Robots of Sherwood Dress- Is it Red or Orange?

Recently I received a question about the color of the Clara Oswald’s Robots of Sherwood dress I made a few months ago. You can read more about the dress I made here. In the post, I referred to the color of the dress as “orange” but in the photos I took, the dress has more of a red color than orange. The difference in color made me wonder, what is a good way of describing the color? Is it really a red or an orange?

After looking through the notes I made about the dress, it is not just a red or an orange, but a combination of both.

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Spoonflower Fabric Feature- Umbrellas and Raindrops

I’ve been so busy lately I still have yet to do something “interesting” to blog about, so I’ll talk about a fabric design feature I received on March 20th!

I was surprised to get an email from Spoonflower on the 20th saying my fabric design Umbrellas and Raindrops- Blue was featured on one of their shopping lists. I was surprised because this is the second design of my Umbrellas and Raindrops series to be featured. Also, I haven’t creating new designs for sale on Spoonflower in a while (Again, I was too busy to upload the files and buy swatches) and I thought that would make my fabric design popularity drop some.

The fabric design looks like this…

umbrellas and raindrops blue

And can be purchased here.

I created the design a while ago as a contest entry for one of Spoonflower’s weekly design contest. I didn’t make the top 10 list, but I liked the design so much I made other designs with umbrellas in different colors. One of them was blue.

The whole entire collection of designs I made with different colored umbrellas can be seen here, but the contest entry can be seen here.

I’m not sure if I’ll make more designs with different colored umbrellas in the future, but I did enjoy thinking of the different color combinations. 🙂

That’s all for now!

Fabric Design Features and Reviews!

I’ve been meaning to make a post about the fabric features on Spoonflower and reviews of my fabric online, but I wasn’t able to until now. First, I’ll talk about the features.

The first was featured back in October and it is my Pink and Grey Abstract design. The feature was on Spoonflower’s fabric lists called Feshtastic. The fabric design looks like this…

pink grey abstract fabric

I wasn’t able to write a super excited post about getting featured for this design because I was coming down with the flu and could barely think about anything, let alone write a blog post.

This design can be purchased on Spoonflower here and at Redbubble here. I’m currently working on getting it, along with many other paintings and drawings, uploaded to Society6.

The second fabric design that was featured on Spoonflower was Umbrellas and Raindrops- Pink. This design was featured on the Recent Trends list. The design looks like this…

umrbella raindrops pink

This design was featured last Tuesday. It was a surprise a second design of mine was featured and I cannot tell you how happy I am!

This design was meant for a Spoonflower contests, but I liked it so much I decided to make the umbrella different colors. I’m currently working on all the designs and hope to order the swatches by the end of this week.

You can purchase this design on Spoonflower here. I don’t have this design available as prints and such.

In addition to the fabric features, two of my fabric design was reviewed on The Girls Who Time Forgot blog. (Their website is located here) The designs were Clara’s Anniversary Dress Scaled and Clara’s Leaves. They also compared the Anniversary dress fabric to the original Clara’s Anniversary Dress. I never mentioned here on my blog that I created a scaled version of Clara’s Anniversary Dress a few months ago. The reason why I did this is because I purchased a skirt made of the same fabric the dress worn by Clara Oswald in the Doctor Who episode Day of the Doctor was made from. (From what I know, there is a dress version and a skirt version. Both uses exactly the same fabric and are from the same company, River Island.) After comparing my fabric design to the screen accurate fabric, I realized I made the first version of the fabric way too big. So, I made a scaled version.

Anyway, the review is located here if you want to read it!

That’s all the features and reviews I have to talk about. Thank you for reading!

Prima Ballerina Damask- Spoonflower Contest Entry

It feels like forever since I talked about my art and I can thank my busy day job for that. I’ve been feeling really down about not drawing like I used and it made me very sad. Fortunately, things have calmed down enough for me to start drawing again.

I wanted to enter another Spoonflower weekly contest since I entered the last one, but I never had the time to sit down and create another entry. Since I have some time to draw, I thought I’d enter another contest.

This week the contest theme is Ballet. And here’s what my entry looks like…

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If you like my entry, please vote for me here. The contest voting link is located on the right side of the page. All the entries are randomized so I don’t which order my design will pop up as.

I hope I have more free time so I can enter more contests in the future. I miss entering contests and drawing in general!

Adventures in Dying Fabric- Dying a Jacket

Sorry about not updating everyone on my current creative projects. I’ve been busy lately with my day job and the weather here in Arizona was… well… crazy with flooding and such. Fortunately I didn’t have flooding trouble, but it did cause me to be stuck at home, unable to leave the house. Since I had a lot of time, I just worked and worked and didn’t take the time to write posts about what I was working on. I was very productive, but still. I felt bad about ignoring my blog. Ugh.

Anyway, on with the post…

About a year ago I began to look into dying fabrics. I didn’t have a main reason to want to dye fabric, but it was just something I was curious about and never had the desire to actually do. What finally pushed me to learn how to dye fabrics is because I wanted to dress as Rose Tyler and other Doctor Who characters, but the clothes and fabric I’d find at the store was the wrong color.

There was so much to learn, especially since I never dyed fabric in my life and some of the fabric I wanted to dye was 100% polyester or nylon. I also didn’t have anyone within a 10 mile radius to help me, mentor me, or just be the person that double checks my dye recipes. I did have a lot of quilt shows that talked about dying fabric and aired on TV when I couldn’t sleep. (The shows are great to watch and make me sleepy) After months of on-and-off research, I figured I knew enough information to at least try to dye fabric.

This is post one of two (Maybe three) to document my adventures in dying fabric.

My first dye project was to dye a jacket the color of the jacket used for Rose Tyler’s Impossible Planet. I fortunately found a jacket that would pass as the jacket from the episode that was white and made from cotton. I found the jacket on amazon. It looked like this…

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Adventures in Finding Duchess Satin

Its been a while since I made a post so I thought I’d talking about something I’ve been working on and off for about six months, finding Duchess satin for sale.

Sure, it sounds boring, but I cannot believe how hard it is to find Duchess satin where I live! The reason why I’m interested in Duchess satin is because I recently had even more growth spurts. Apparently my body took a break for a few months before starting to grow again. This tricked me into believing that I was done growing when I really wasn’t. So, all the dresses I made for myself to wear as part of a Rose Tyler from The Idiot’s Lantern costume are too big in the bodice and too short in length. I’m so frustrated that I decided to make one last dress, make it as nice as possible with as screen accurate fabric I can find, and then end my struggle for making a dress that will fit me after growth spurts, even if it means I wouldn’t be able to wear it after the growth spurts are done. According to the Bad Wolf’s Closet, the dress used in the episode is made out of Duchess satin. Since this was as screen accurate fabric as I could find, I began to search for white Duchess satin to dye the right color for the dress.

Before I talk about searching for the fabric, here’s a picture of the Rose Tyler Idiot’s Lantern dress….

Rose Tyler in the Idiot's Lantern

I already had some Duchess satin that was pink, but it wasn’t the right shade of pink for the dress. Because I already had Duchess satin, I knew how the fabric felt like, looked like, and could take scrap fabric with me to the store to compare the fabric for sale. After many trips to Joann’s, I couldn’t find fabric like it. Well, that wasn’t true. I did find fabric that was the same as the Duchess satin, but it was far to shinny for the Rose Tyler dress. Also, after looking through every since bolt of fabric I could find at my local Joann’s, I couldn’t find anything for sale by the name of “Duchess satin”. In frustration, I turned to the internet. Continue reading “Adventures in Finding Duchess Satin”

Downtown Pheonix Fabric

While looking at some of the photographs I’ve taken over the years, I found some photos that I thought would look good as fabric designs. One of them is a photo I took of downtown Phoenix Arizona while I was attending the 2012 Phoenix Comicon. I always liked it so when I started my Society6 and Redbubble accounts it was one of the photographs I wanted to be sold as a print. (Took a while to sell it as a print because I couldn’t find the file. Oops!) After seeing how well my desert fabric turned out on Spoonflower, I decided to give it a try with the downtown Phoenix photograph.

This is what the real photograph looks like…

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And this is what the fabric looks like…

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Clicking on the picture will take you to the link on Spoonflower.

I’m not sure what I’d make with this fabric, but it’s interesting to look at! Might make a neat quilt or a border for a skirt.

Thanks for reading!