Friday, August 27, 2010

Flour paste resist on fabric.

I LOVE this technique. What fun! What a way to create something interesting while getting your hand all gushy. I swear I would have been happy to stay in second grade forever.
These are free of the paste, I love the crackle effect. I love how some of the designs I swirled into the paste actually remained. Click on the photo and see the close up. Isn't is just WOWOWSER?
Now, I want to do a whole bunch of them in different color ways. I want a HUGE stack of them sitting on my cutting table, this winter, waiting for me to do something FANTASTIC with them or not. Maybe I'll just fondle them when I'm thinking.
Both of these pieces of fabric were from Linda's own hand dyed stash. Thank you for sharing.
She actually was the facilitator for this workshop. Well done, clap, clap, clap.
Notes: Flour paste batter looked a lot like pancake batter in consistency.
Spread the batter on your cotton fabric thick enough so you can draw designs into it. We aren't using it for mortar so don't glop it on to thick.
Try different utensils to make designs, even the wrong end of a brush works.
Here's something I'm going to try next time. Think about a landscape and apply the flour paste as if you were drawing the shapes of the mountains, the hills, apply the paste in one direction for the sky and in different direction to show the slope of the mountain or hill.
Let it dry. WALK AWAY FROM IT. Do not keep peeking at it or touching it. DRY DRY
Now, the fun part, I rolled it up in one direction then unrolled it and rolled it in a diagonal direction and just kept doing this. You are creating the crackle effect. I didn't back the car over it but I did roll the heck out of it.
Then mix some acrylic paint with some water and apply it like a watercolor wash to the entire piece. If you are doing that landscape technique then of course, apply different colors to the piece.
Put it on thickly. Then WALK AWAY and LET IT DRY. Oh my, that's so hard to do.
When it was dry which in this heat didn't take long at all.
I got a dishpan of nice really HOT water and put the fabric in the pan. I swished it around, did a little cleaning of my painted hands, swished some more, wrung it out, swished some more. I did not have to take a jack hammer to it to get the paste off. I jumped the pan of water under my hosta plants, good idea NOT to let it go down your drains. Then I filled it up again with HOT water. Honestly, it wasn't hard at all to get that flour paste off.
Then let the fabric dry. A couple of flakes didn't come off, I can pick those off later.
Fun, fun, fun. And, relaxing and no stress involved. Anytime I find myself smiling when I am doing a technique I know it's healthy for me. It's when I start to mutter and swear that I probably shouldn't be doing something.
:)Bea Who wishes you all could stop over and do some flour paste resist, in the studio with her.


  1. Well, aren't you the lucky one. Guess you got better results when you removed the flour paste. I swear, I used the jet function on my hose sprayer and it still took forever to get mine off. Next time I'll try hot water. That may be the trick, although the water coming out of the hose was pretty hot, too (grin).

  2. Aw heck Bea girl, you DO know that there are some chores that WON'T get done here this weekend because I now have to try this. Never heard about it before and it's something new I HAVE to do NOW! LOL

  3. I saw this technique a couple years ago in Quilting Arts and tried it...and didn't like it at all. But, I think my paste was applied too thick. Thanks to your post, I'm going to add more water, and apply it more thinly. I really love the results you got!

  4. Yum! The blue piece looks like an archival map...I LOVE it!
    Waiting for paint to dry...hard to do...but there is always something boring that needs done...
    This looks easy enough for me to do...and would be fantastic to use on wood...hmmm...could my fear of fabric end now? :D

  5. My kitchen is so poorly stocked that when I went to try this a few months ago, I didn't have any flour, so I used an ancient box of cornstarch instead. It didn't turn out too great, but was promising. I didn't crackle it enough--but I'll try it again the "right" way after seeing your results!

  6. Bea, I am so glad you posted the technique on how to create those pieces you and your giggly friends worked on the other day. Now I see why you were laughing. I love the green one. I love the crackles it made. I printed your instructions and I definitely will plan on doing this soon. What will you use your fabric for I wonder.

    Thank you so very much for the post.


  7. Hello lovely Bea, I'm back. I just love this idea. I really must have a go, I'm sure even I can do it! I love the pieces you've put on the post there. Fabulous and such fun too. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  8. Now that you've posted the technique, I really am going to have to try that!!

    I got in to a little chat with Judy ( this evening about acrylics on fabric... some how it had never occurred to me you could do that... use acrylic paint on fabrics, who'd a thunk?! Lol.

    So you don't have to use anything to set the color in the fabric? I would have thought the water would rinse the color out to... but maybe it sticks because it's left to dry first?? Hmm.. definitely going to have to play with this one!

  9. Fabulous -what a great medium with so many creative possibilities!

  10. I've not heard of this technique. I love what I am already learning from your blog. Glad I found you. :)