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Color Magnet

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 for these fabrics the silk screen I used one on the left came from Fibra Artysta  and the ones on the right are my own design created using the photo ez product.

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…

13 comments to Color Magnet

  • I also bought the product. Have tried screening on silk (which is my fabric of choice). So far I am having limited success. It is too thin to screen onto silk. I did add some sodium alginate print paste,but that did not help. It was too thin. I think maybe I will add some of the dry sodium alginate and make it thicker. Yes,I did try my tjaps and CM was too thin to give a clear print. Discovered that with screens I had to wash out the screen as soon as I was finished for it became rather hard to wash if dry. Anyway,as you say it just needs a little experimentation to find out how to use it. Thanks for your information.

  • Jeannie

    Sue,thanks so much for alway sharing your experiments with new products. This looks like a definite “buy it”item. I love the fabrics you created. As the weather warms,I am itching to get outside and do some dyeing. Thanks again!

  • What a cool product,love your results!

  • I’m so glad you posted this,Sue. I saw it on the Dharma site last week. I’ll be interested to try it,and compare it to Elmer’s gel glue. I’ve found that a very thin coating of gel glue has the same effect.

  • What a great product. I’m certainly going to have to play with that some time! Sue,your fabric pieces are beautiful!

  • Those came out really nice! I’ll have to try some of that product —what a fun thing.

  • Mary Underwood

    That is very cool. Thanks for sharing :)

  • Margaret

    very interesting product,really cool got to try it!

  • Thanks for sharing this. I love the results!

  • Sandy Jandik

    It looks like a fun new product.

  • That’s cool stuff! Does it have any kind of odor?

  • Wow,these look great and the Color Magnet sounds like a wonderful product. Great results Sue!