All that fun can be just down right tiring!
|The finished product: After adding alcohol, drying and then outlining in black with Sharpie.|
So when I asked my daughter-in-law if she had a bottle of alcohol she thought I had taken to drinking!
|The beginning: Adding color with sharpies on fabric|
When it gets stressful at my house I turn to art projects. That is if I am not going to be grumpy....I recognize that not everyone is like that. Some of them live in my house and wonder why in the world I keep starting projects. But it makes me a happy woman to be creative and the grandchildren really love doing some of the projects.
I keep Sharpies in all colors. I buy pens even if I think I might be low. I have all sizes, all colors and often two of the colors. I have been working on a quilt lately which means I have fabric nearby in various colors.
- I cut up cotton muslin in easy to handle sizes(mine or about 8" x 10"), pressed out the wrinkles then taped it to recycled paper to absorb the seepage of the ink from the Sharpies.
- Then I showed the kids how to draw with fine tip markers, leaving enough white space for the ink to spread when the alcohol is added.
- Once we finished drawing, we taped the fabric over a disposable plate or a glass baking dish or whatever you can find to suspend the fabric so it is not flat on a surface. Using an eye dropper drip alcohol on the fabric and let the ink spread.
- Let dry completely.
- After dry, detail with a black ultra fine Sharpie.
WARNING: Have enough fabric, the kids will love it so much they will want to do more than one.