by Susan Sorrell
Prepared For Dye 100% cotton fabric
Pebo Seta fabric paint
Dye-na-flow fabric paints
Plexiglas or glass flat surface
Different sizes of bubble wrap
Spray bottle with water
Large paint brush and small plastic cups
When I get stumped on a piece of
fabric art or end up with a piece of ugly fabric, I like to bubble
print. It is a really easy way to change the look of a piece of
fabric and takes no experience using fabric paints. The best part is
that bubble wrap is being made in different sizes, so I am always
saving scraps of bubble wrap from the packages I get in the mail.
Assemble all of
your materials, so you can dive right in and paint. I starting out
with a white piece of cotton and I can add color later after the
bubble print dries. You will need a piece of glass to put your
fabric paint and a hard sponge brayer. The hard sponge brayer won’t
soak up all of your paint and will give you a nice even print. I
like to use Pebo Setacolor paints and the one I have chosen for this
print is the opaque red. I am going to use the large bubble
wrap, but l like to use all sizes and keep a stash of them next to
my painting table.
Pour some fabric paint out on your
printing plate and roll your brayer through your paint. Try to get
an even coat on your brayer, which means roll your brayer through
your paint several times.
Roll your brayer
over the bubble wrap several times to make sure you have enough
paint to make a print. If you want a light print don’t apply a lot
of paint and for a darker print apply a lot of paint to the bubble
like to place my material on top of the bubble wrap if it is a large
piece. I run my hand over the material with a light touch until I
start seeing the paint soak into the fabric.
Let you bubble
print dry and then iron according to the instructions of the fabric
paint you are using. You can leave it with a white background or you
can use some Dye-na-Flow paints and give your bubble print some
I like using
the Dye-na-flow paints, since this is the closest I can get to
dyeing fabric in my studio. The colors are bright and easy to blend.
the Dye-Na-Flow, I use a spray bottle to wet the back of my fabric
and then apply the paint dyes with a brush and by dripping. I have
found if you put the Dye-Na-Flow in small cups and add a little bit
of water it is easier to brush onto your fabric.
If you want to
get some pretty color combinations when using the Dye-Na-Flow paint
dyes, use only the Magenta, Yellow and Turquoise. These three colors
will blend into pretty oranges, greens, and purples.
Now you might
be wondering why I applied the dye paints to the back of the fabric
instead of the front. Well, I like to see the print sit on top of
the colored background and if I paint on top of the print, the dye
paints might cover up some of the red dots.
Here is my
finished piece of fabric. I have also included some examples of
other bubble prints I have made.
This was a
piece of fabric that the painting didn’t turn out to my liking, so I
make a white bubble print on top of it with a small bubble wrap. I
made the print really show up by applying a lot of white paint to
I like to use
Lutradur a lot in my work and this piece need a little something
added to it, so I did a light bubble print on it with white paint.
The bubble wrap
printing is part of my Monoprinting on Fabric
workshop, which gives you a taste of different ways to play with
paint and other materials to print on fiber.
If you need
supplies to experiment and try bubble printing you can find them as
here for PFD fabrics.
here for Pebeo Setacolor Opaque/Shimmer paints or
here for Setacolor Transparent paints.
here for Dye-na-Flow paints and exciter pack.
here for Lutradur.
Susan teaches a
number of online classes at joggles. Click
here to see her classes.
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