Dyeing Fabrics…


Some vintage fabric scraps in my paint tray to be dyed with acrylic paint…

Hand Dyed Fabrics

Some fabrics after being dyed with acrylic paint. I am going to use them for collage…

10 thoughts on “Dyeing Fabrics…

    1. I will post some pics of my collages when done! I wont have time to finish them till the weekend – watch this space… !!

      1. I bought a job lot of vintage lace & linen remnants on Ebay fairly cheaply. I also cut up old clothes, I find stuff in charity shops. I buy fabric squares occasionally from craft shops etc. I have a day at home tomorrow so hopefully I will be able to work on my collages…

  1. Also a question: what brand of acrylic paint do you prefer for your work? Have you tried any acrylic inks, or do you only use paint? Do you mix a fabric medium in with the paint? Sorry for all the questions, but I am totally new at all of this. I have made quilts, but never a mixed media art quilt before. I just know this is one avenue I really want to pursue.

    1. Thank you for your interest! I mostly only use acrylic paint for dyeing fabric and I use Reeves or Windsor & Newton paints. I may experiment with other mediums (inks etc.) in the future. I don’t use any fabric medium, I just put a small amount of paint in a suitable container, mix with water and just dip the fabrics in. Sometimes I wet the fabric first with water (squeeze out any excess) and then use an eye dropper to drop thin drops of paint onto the damp fabric, the paint then gently bleeds through the fabric, you get quite a nice effect and colours gently mix together. The acrylic paint is colourfast when dry and my fabric samples were completely soft to touch. I’m only using my fabric samples for collage but for an art quilt you would have to make sure whatever medium you use is colourfast and some kind of fabric medium might be necessary but I wouldn’t know what to recommend. I hope this helps – have fun…!

      1. Thanks so much for the info! I always thought when using acrylic paint, that fabric medium was necessary to get a soft hand. I wonder if it’s the fact that you mix water in and your ground is wet also that helps? That’s really interesting, I’m so glad to know that, as it could save some money in supplies, which as you know are very expensive! My art quilts will be strictly wall hangings, not meant to be washed, but as you say, colorfastness and the hand are both important.

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