A couple of weeks ago I was browsing the Dharma Trading website and I came across this product:
It’s called Color Magnet by Jacquard and it’s a product that attracts dye so when its applied to a piece of fabric you get a tone on tone effect. I was intrigued so I bought some and did some experimenting with it yesterday. It has a thin honey like consistency so you can apply it through a silk screen but I also used it with some Artist Cellar Stencils and a craft syringe. They also have this product available in a pen too but I haven’t tried it in that form yet.
Once I had all the fabric (white sandwashed cotton from Dharma Trading) stenciled,screened and scribbled on I set them all aside to dry completely. Once they were dry I mixed up a few different procion dye colors using my usual recipe of 1 tsp or so of dye to 1 1/2 –2 cups of water and tossed the fabrics and the dye into a zip lock bag. They sat in the bags for about 6 hours and then got tossed into the washing machine and went through a cold water wash and here’s my results:
These first ones were done using Artist Cellar Stencils:
I applied the Color Magnet through the stencils with a foam brush that was barely wet with the Color Magnet. You can see that I made a tab with a piece of painters tape on the stencil to make it easier to put it off the fabric once I was done. The stencil on the right has a great design but it falls very very close to the end of the stencil so I just added an additional border with some painters tape to give myself a little more wiggle room with the brush.
Then I broke out the silk screens and used those to apply the Color Magnet to the fabric:
This circles screen that I used the fabrics above came from Linda Stokes
and this one came from Lyric Kinard
And this last fabric I used a craft syringe filled with Color Magnet to scribble all over the fabric:
I’m really happy with the results I got and I think it’s safe to say I’ll be doing some more experimenting. I want to try it using some rubber stamps and I’m wondering if I can use it with my copper batik stamps. I also haven’t used it on silk fabric yet which is also on my list to try…