Sunday, August 10, 2014
Tote bag using fabric markers and paint
After washing and ironing them (use a steam iron and water spray on the bag which is not quite dry) I looked for a suitable image. What one can do is take a stamped image on photocopy paper and enlarge to get the size you want. Pop it on a lightbox and, with the bag on the top, you can trace the image using a soft pencil. In this instance I took a photo of a puma, used the photocopy selection on Photoshop and ended up with a suitable outline.
I then outlined the image with a black Sharpies Stained Fabric Marker and painted the larger areas using black Dylon fabric paint. After leaving the ink to dry for a day I heat set the image by ironing on the reverse side for 5 minutes. The iron must be on the no steam setting at a fairly high temperature.
I do intend trying out acrylic paints which I believe work well as long as they are not applied too thickly. I have done a number of these bags with images taken from the internet. Simple outline images work well.