Fusible Painted Prints on Fabric from Traci Bautista

(This tutorial was previously published in the book Printmaking Unleashed by Traci Bautista, copyright 2014. It is republished here courtesy of CreateMixedMedia.com and North Light Books.)

Fusible step 9_160Make a layered painting by transferring designs on fabric with iron-on adhesive. In this exercise you’ll create painted layers and doodles pressed into fabric. It creates a satin finish on the fabric and is great for mixed-media art quilting techniques.

Creative Toolbox

-heat-activated adhesive
-foam brush
-fabric paint
-dimensional paint
-drill cloth fabric
-permanent or fabric markers
-iron
-parchment paper
-fluid and High Flow acrylic paints
-white correction pen

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1. Paint Adhesive
Brush a couple of colors of paint onto a piece of heat-activated adhesive (I prefer HeatnBond Lite) using a foam brush. Draw designs on top with dimensional paint.

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2. Doodle Flowers
Draw on a piece of drill cloth fabric using permanent or fabric markers.

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3. Transfer Paint
Place the painted adhesive face down on the drill fabric and cover with a piece of parchment paper (I use Reynolds brand). Iron using medium heat until the adhesive is set and the backing paper peels off easily.

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4. Print Reveal
Here’s the first layer of paint on the canvas.

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5. Draw Designs
Paint fabric paint onto a piece of heat-activated adhesive. Draw with the tip of a High Flow acrylic bottle to create circular designs. Draw even more circles with dimensional paint.

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6. Transfer Design
Place the painted design onto the first layer from step 4, cover with parchment and iron on a medium setting.

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7. Fused Design
Peel back the release paper to reveal the design. If you wait until it cools completely and then peel, the image will be shiny. If you peel while it’s still warm, the image will be satin.

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8. Add White
Draw with the tip of the High Flow acrylic paint bottle and write a few words with a white correction pen.

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9. Add Dimension
Doodle some more designs with dimensional paint. Keep the tip touching the surface, and squeeze the bottle gently as you write and doodle to create a clean, thin line. Allow to dry. This piece of artwork would make a great art journal cover!

U8746_CM_PrintmakingUnleashed.indd(This tutorial was previously published in the book Printmaking Unleashed by Traci Bautista, copyright 2014. It is republished here courtesy of CreateMixedMedia.com and North Light Books.)

To find out more or purchase a copy of Printmaking Unleashed: More than 50 Techniques for Expressive Mark Making by Traci Bautista, click here.

 

 

 

NL_TraciBautista-160You might also be interested in the Printmaking Unleashed kit featuring a signed copy of Printmaking Unleashed along with some of Traci’s favorite printmaking tools and materials.

 

 

 

Visit Traci Bautista at her website treicdesigns.com

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