Wednesday, March 30, 2011

de-Colourant

On a recent visit to The Marsh Store, I came home with some de-Colourant to try, made by Harbor Sales Inc. Basically, de-Colourant is a substance that you apply to areas of your fabric where you'd like to remove the colour. Once the de-colourant is applied, you leave it to dry, then to "activate" it, you simply press with a good hot iron using lots of steam. There are many of ways to play with this product, try using, brushes, stamps, stencils, resists, the list goes on, but I wanted to see if I could use it with one of my own designs.
I printed directly onto freezer paper and then ironed the freezer paper to fabric.
Next I went to the machine, removed the thread and using the free motion setting, I stitched along the lines. Once I was satisfied that I had created enough perforations, I began to brush the De-colourant over top of the paper.
I peeled off the paper and left it to dry. See how faint this is?And here is what emerged once the steam iron was applied.
One of the things I LOVE about The Marsh Store, is that in addition to the fabulous fabrics, notions, and services they provide, they also strive to bring in products for the art quilter as well, I always come away with something wonderful. Thanks Shirley!

19 comments:

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

That is just plain AMAZING!
I wasn't sure how well the decolorant would work, but it turned out beautiful!
Had now even heard of it....wonder if it works on paper as well? Hmmmmm.....(brain grinding...)

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Ethne said...

This is stunning - I love this idea

sbsudbury said...

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant Jill....

Artist Within said...

How beautiful! I bought some at Road 2 Ca this year and have yet to use it. Now I am inspired!

Jackie said...

hmmmm... that is just too cool, and what a unique way you used it.

Vicki W said...

That is so cool!

Sharon said...

Oh Wow, that is so incredible! I LOVE this!

Linda Moran said...

This is GENIUS!!!

Mishka said...

Wow, Jill that turned out amazing. What a fantastic idea for your drawings.

Caryl W said...

what an amazing process...this is really awesome!!

Diane J. Evans said...

Girl, you are constantly thinking outside the box -- who would have thought to do something as artful as this?! Extraordinary!

What WILL you think of next????

Diane

Joan said...

That realy is amazing Jill. I love how you find all these different things and show us all what you are doing...

Esther said...

I love this idea.
Is it bleach based?
Thank you for sharing.

Shirley said...

Way too cool! Now I really have to try some. The hardest part is deciding what to take the colour out of first....

Karen S said...

Oh wow! I've been trying to figure out how to use this with my own drawings. Thanks.

Robbie said...

I have head of De-colourant but never tried it...leave it to you to try a whole new technique using this product! You should send this post onto the company! VERY cool!

Royce said...

Oh my this is stunning. I am looking for a way to create my own fabric and this is perfect. I will look into this very soon. Could you over dye this at this point?

deColourant said...

Hello Jill,
Thank you for the kind words on deColourant and we love what you have created. I am now a follower of the blog and maybe you and your friends would like to do the same at deColourant.blogspot.com
To answer some questions, yes, it does work on paper, but must be a natural fiber. Also, it has NO bleach in it whatsoever. And, you can dye one color over another. Can't wait to see what you do next!

Amy Henderson
Kandi Corp./Harbor Sales Inc.
1.800.985.2634
www.i-kandi.com
www.harbor-sales.com
deColourant Fan Page (on facebook)

CrazieGracie∞ said...

WOW - I am excited.
What a GR8 technique.
Thank you for your generous share.
Best,
Gracie

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