The ability to paint the fabric usually implies that the master has the skills to draw. Meanwhile, for centuries there has been a unique technique of drawing on water - ebru, which is easy for even beginners to master. As a result of its use, you can get a lot of interesting things with the author's design. Do not be surprised, but at the same time it is necessary to draw on the water, or rather on the liquid having a water base. Once the drawing is ready, it can be transferred to a cloth or other smooth surface. Canvas, paper, leather, wood, straw products, ceramics and, of course, fabric can be the basis for masterpieces. In the Ebru technique it is easy to create abstract and marble patterns. Smooth fabrics are suitable for dyeing, the presence of artificial fibers in which does not exceed 20%. It is worth looking at the result once, and the desire to create will not keep you waiting.
Each pattern is unique and beautiful in its own way. You can experiment with color, shape of lines and their thickness. They seem complicated only visually: having mastered the technique of drawing on water, even beginning artists will be able to create their own masterpiece. Another plus is the natural components that make it possible to attract children to the creative process.
The birth of a designer scarf step by step
To create an exclusive scarf will take a little time. It is also noteworthy that the drawing fluid can be immediately reused. This means that several stylish things can be done at once.
For work you will need:
- the shallow tray which size exceeds the painted surface;
- light monophonic fabric (in our case, silk scarf);
- paints for ebru of several colors;
- water thickener or ready solution for ebru;
- fan brush for spraying paint;
- dense cellophane.
Essentially, an ebru consists in drawing one liquid over another. The paint is retained on the water due to the different density of liquids. Both paints and thickeners can be found in art shops or art shops. For beginners, ready-to-use paint ebru, having a balanced composition. Moreover, in terms of cost, it is much cheaper than a professional one.
To begin with, we prepare everything we need and cover the container with cellophane. This is especially true if the capacity is usually used for other purposes. Fill the container with a pre-prepared aqueous solution of at least 2.5-3 cm.
On the water surface we put spots of paint of a certain color. Application options may be different. Splashing is better for small spots, and a pipette is more suitable for large stains. To increase the size of the spot, just add a little paint in the center.
On top of one paint immediately add another. Do not forget before working with the next color to shake the tube or stir the paint if it is in an open container. This will provide better tension.
We continue to layering one paint on another, all the while adding another color in the center. As a result, we get multicolored spots floating on the surface.
For the first time it is not recommended to use more than 4 colors. With a large number of layers, some spots may subside and the pattern as a result will not be exactly as planned.
As soon as the spots are ready, we take an awl and begin to stretch them. It is important to hold the awl in circles without touching the bottom of the tank.
The pattern is ready, it remains to gently lower the straightened scarf on top.
On light translucent silk, the print is printed immediately.
After waiting for about 5 seconds, gently lift the scarf. Virtually all paint is now on it. Its small fragments remained on the water. Scarf is painted. It remains only to dry and iron. No additional processing is required to dock. Ebru paint has an acrylic base and consists entirely of natural ingredients, the ratio of which has passed the test of time.
Before we begin to paint the next scarf, clean the surface from the remnants of the old paint. It is convenient to do this by using a sheet of paper or a ruler wrapped in a napkin. Once the surface is ready, we repeat the procedure from beginning to end.
And this is the third color option.
Even using the same colors, making two absolutely identical scarves will not work for anyone. That's what creativity is about!
More details about painting scarves in the video:
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