Eventually I will get to making books or journals from paper, but for now here is another fabric book. After making my circus book a couple of weeks ago, I felt I needed to make another one. I am reading a book titled “The book of Tea” so I named my book the same.
This time for the pages inside I am trying to dye my own fabric. Dying fabric can get somewhat messy, but I am cheating. I am wetting the fabric and then applying some ink by either soaking or spraying the fabric. I am adding plants and berries for a more natural tie-dye look. Then letting the desert sun do the rest.
This method is not good for dying fabric that will end up being a garment. You will have to pre-treat your fabric to be able to take the dye better and withstand washing once it’s a garment. Look up a tutorial online, please don’t follow my quick dye work.
But because I am using the fabric for book pages, that will hardly ever need to be washed, I am deciding to cheat and not be proper.
(walnut ink, plus blueberries)
(walnut ink, Dylusions ink spray in bubblegum, stamps, and fabric markers)
As you can see I have a long way to go. But it’s fun to see results that you aren’t sure what they are going to look like when you start. It’s like a surprise. And I like surprises.