An Artist's Quest

Playtime

My cache of freshly marbled fabric!

My cache of freshly marbled fabric!

For months I’ve wanted to try out a fabric marbling technique that I read about.  I got all the materials I needed and there it sat.  I couldn’t carve enough time out, another stumbling block was the fact that to do the fabric marbling the fabric had to be soaked and dried ahead and a thickener needed to be mixed and rest for 24 hours.  So when I did have the time I hadn’t done the prep and so it went for months.  But this week I got it together and had a great time.  It’s a fascinating process where you drip colors onto thickened water and the color spreads in radiating circles, then you add more color and more.  There is very little control (at least in this novice foray) and I liked that.  Letting go control and expectations was liberating.  I wasn’t doing this for work or a magazine article or even any specific end goal, it was pure play and it felt good.  I love, love, love the fabrics I came up with.  I loved it so much that that evening I went on-line to order a bigger tray to work with so that I could make bigger swaths of fabric.  The tray I had was 14” x 22” so that is the size of each fabric piece.

142c. marbled

closeup view

closeup view

Although I didn’t have a goal in mind, after I printed my fabric I was inspired to make something with it.  My excitement over the fabric combined with the spring weather and time change to longer days motivated me to make myself something wearable.  So this blouse is what came of it!  It’s been a long time since I sewed something for myself, and I love how this came out.  It was a week with pockets of play and I’m looking forward to more like it.  So give yourself some time to play.

Here is the blouse I made by sewing strips of my marbled fabric

Here is the blouse I made by sewing strips of my marbled fabric

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12 responses

  1. Valerie Komkov Hill

    Wow, this is gorgeous!

    March 15, 2013 at 11:12 am

  2. Ingrid Hendrix

    That’s just what I was going to say. The fabric it’s self is beautiful but then the blouse with all of the strips integrated together – oh la la!

    March 15, 2013 at 11:35 am

  3. Calen

    Wow, I love it! The fabrics and the blouse–such a cute pattern, and it works so well with the fabrics. Happy spring!

    March 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm

  4. Veronik

    Wow I always hated the mabeiling look. yours is wonderful. Thank you.

    March 15, 2013 at 7:56 pm

  5. Sandy Barra

    I love it! The fabric is gorgeous and you blouse is such a great style, you are amazing!

    March 15, 2013 at 7:58 pm

  6. Mary Thorpe

    Wow, is right! It looks like great fun.
    Mom

    March 15, 2013 at 8:50 pm

  7. Jane

    Stunning! I was bowled over by the first image of the fabrics as soon as they appeared on my screen. As I read more I was even more fascinated – I’m already in line for your class (please) on this technique!!! The image and story of the blouse is the icing on the cake. You never cease to amaze and delight .
    I agree time for play is so important and so easy to overlook. Spring is the perfect reminder of the joys of discovery and new and uncharted waters. You have inspired me to delete my ‘to do’ list for tomorrow and have some play time instead.

    March 15, 2013 at 11:33 pm

  8. Karin Tredrea

    So Great Lisa!!!! The fabrics look so you and the blouse is GORGEOUS! It looks wonderful on you. I love the twist in front. You continue to inspire!

    March 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm

  9. Elliott

    Wonderful!!

    March 17, 2013 at 7:28 pm

  10. Mary Anne

    What a success your “playtime” turned out to be…. really lovely results!

    March 18, 2013 at 7:11 am

  11. Gale

    I am really impressed now. We all know you are very creative, but damn you can sew too.

    March 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm

  12. denise

    I especially love the fabric in the middle, bottom row…it looks like a martini with 2 olives after too many martinis!! Love!

    November 10, 2013 at 4:10 pm

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