Faith Provencher

806 posts

Faith Provencher is a designer, writer and crafter with a passion for all things creative. She received her art degree from Skidmore… read more

Comments - How to: Make DIY Colorful Geometric Textiles with Sharpies and Rubbing Alcohol

Faith Provencher on May 13, 2018:

Sorry to hear that yours didn't turn out the way you had hoped @anonymous... perhaps different types of fabric take the ink differently? It's hard to tell what might have happened without seeing it in person...

Anonymous on May 13, 2018:

Mine did not turn out like this what so ever. I followed the steps above, and it was supposed to be a mother's day gift. The colors did not blend at all and I used half a bottle of rubbing alcohol. I'm very disappointed.

Jessica on May 16, 2014:

Thanks - sharpie makes a more expensive fabric sharpie. Wondering f it'll still be permanent combined with the spray!

Jessica on May 16, 2014:

Thanks - sharpie makes a more expensive fabric sharpie. Wondering f it'll still be permanent combined with the spray!

faith-towers on Apr 10, 2014:

That's a good thought Beth, I'll have to give that a try!

Beth on Apr 09, 2014:

I wonder if scotch guard might help set the fabric?

faith-towers on Oct 09, 2013:

Sounds beautiful @Peta, thanks for sharing!

Peta on Oct 09, 2013:

Hi. I have a friend who twenty years ago was making fabric for clothes in a similar way to this BUT she would colour the whole piece of fabric. We used to have a ball doing this. Then we would tear up, from really wide rolls of masking tape, any kind of shape & place them side by side, over the painted fabric, with a small gap between the pieces of tape. Then we would paint the whole piece again using a deep blue paint. Black can be really deadening. It doesn't really exist in nature.( I have used a really deep blue with a really deep green or purple. Mix them together you get a colour that looks like black but actually is a really deep, dark colour.) When the paint is dry simply peel off the masking tape. Voila. An original piece of patterned fabric.

faith-towers on Oct 07, 2013:

@Aidel.K yes it's such a versatile technique... (I might just have to try a silk scarf!)

Aidel.K on Oct 07, 2013:

I saw this same process used on white silk scarves (I know--not really a Curbly thing.), and the results were beautiful. It's nice to see this technique in home dec.

faith-towers on Oct 01, 2013:

Good question.... I haven't tried it with any other brand of permanent marker. Has anyone else tried it with another brand? Let us know if you have!

Anonymous on Oct 01, 2013:

Would this work with any other brand of permanent marker? Or does it have to be Sharpies?

Ana on Oct 01, 2013:

Love it! What a great modern way to rev up tie-dye!

Dom on Oct 01, 2013:

Love this! The final result is so beautiful framed! :)

faith-towers on Sep 29, 2013:

Great thinking, vinegar could work! Let us know if your trial is a success.....

MotherLodeBeth on Sep 28, 2013:

When I dye fabric I use vinegar to set the colour, so am wondering if using vinegar to set the colour here would work.  Will try it.  Its why when dying easter eggs you use vinegar with the dye so it sets the colour on the egg,

Anonymous on Sep 26, 2013:

That is really cool! Thanks!

Add Your Comment!

(2000 character limit)