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« on: August 08, 2007 08:11:10 AM »

Thanks Vanillaxlight for directing me on where to put this!  Sometimes, my blond roots show.  Grin  PS- This is the technique I used to make my challenge bag!
                               

Coffee Dye/Painting

This process was done on 100% unbleached muslin. I have not tried it on any other fabrics, but I imagine any blend of cotton would work. As far as the rest of the materials, youll need coffee and some sort of thickener such as cornstarch or arrowroot. I do not recommend flour for this process. If you can get organic, I strongly recommend that you use it so it adds to the earth friendliness. Fairly traded coffee is also a great idea.

This first thing you need to do is brew a strong, strong pot of coffee. For those of you that have a French Press, this would be the time to use it. While it is still piping hot, you can dunk the fabric into it to get a tea stained look. I stained the lining of my bag, but I only left it in for a minute because I didnt want it too dark. Rinse the fabric well in a vinegar-water mixture (one part vinegar to three parts water). Once the excess coffee stain is rinsed out, rinse the fabric in plain water, ring out well, hang to dry or iron the fabric with an iron set on cotton until its dry.


With the leftover coffee, put it into a pan and boil it over medium heat until it has evaporated into a syrup about the consistency of milk, this may take an hour; be patient and stir every 10 to 15 minutes so the bottom doesnt burn.


The smell of coffee reducing is strong and lingering, so you may want to turn on your exhaust fans or open a window. Once it has reduced stir in about a tablespoon of thickener according to your package directions; most will tell you to dissolve the thickener first in a small amount of cold water. Using a whisk, whip the mixture to remove all lumps, and if necessary add water in small amounts until the stain is the consistency of poster paint or the fabric paints in squeeze bottles. Once its cooled, you may want to put it in a squeeze bottle, the thinner the nozzle the better.

Apply the stain in whatever way is easiest for you, either the squeeze bottle or a paintbrush. Do not put the stain on too thickly, or it will bleed.


This is obviously too thickly applied, but your paint should be this consistency.  I applied this with a hair dye squeeze bottle.  You can find those at beauty supply stores.

Leave it to dry completely, preferably overnight. Once it has dried, heat set the design with an iron set on cotton setting with a press cloth for about a minute keeping the iron moving so you dont burn anything.


before washing


after washing

I tried several different ways of setting and rinsing the design, but decided this way gives the best result, dark and with very little bleeding.

After you have heat set it, rinse the fabric in the same way as described above with the vinegar-water scrubbing to remove any thick blobs of paint sitting on the fabric. Rinse again in plain water, and either hang to dry or dry with the iron (I recommend drying the design with an iron, there is less bleeding of the design.)

You can wash the fabric with a mild detergent in the washing machine, and your design should stay intact. Of course, do not bleach or use stain remover, this is a stain you want to stay. Store any leftover stain in the refrigerator.

What's really great about this process is it gives an antique, old-world kind of look.  I made a clutch with a French inspired design, and it turned out perfect!

I have also made dye/paint with other spices. Curry powder turns things a yellowish brown, and turmeric turns things a bright yellow. I have several others that I would like to try but havent had the time!

If anyone can think of a way to shorten the name of the process, I'm open to suggestions.  It's not really a paint, because you rinse it out; and it's not really a dye, because it's thick enough to paint on.  And, once again, I would LOVE to see what you crafties do with this process!
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2007 08:40:26 AM »

We have a dyeing board under "other fiber arts" if youd like to move your post! Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2007 09:37:33 AM »

Thanks!  I thought I looked through all the topics, but I guess I missed that one.
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2007 11:00:22 AM »

Thanks! I love color-on-color stenciling and this tutorial is so user-friendly, I'm going to try it out tonight after my guests leave.

 
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2007 11:11:02 AM »

You're welcome, and thanks!  I had my Hubby read it first, because if he could understand the crafty explanations- any one could!
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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2007 05:45:55 PM »

Nice tutorial!  And that fabric you dyed turned out gorgeous!
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2007 06:44:24 PM »

Nice tutorial!  And that fabric you dyed turned out gorgeous!
Thanks, that one took quite a while because it is very detailed.  I have a few more patterns that aren't as detailed lined up.  It's pretty, but I learned my lesson!
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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2007 06:08:23 AM »

EEEE!!!  I've been trying to figure out how to do something like this for about a year now (well, I've been thinking about trying to figure it out... Smiley )

The consistency of the paste reminds me of mendhi (henna), which is what had inspired me to try to figure this out.  I really like the look and will probably be spending my evening reducing coffee!! 

Thanks for the tutorial.
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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2007 12:39:20 PM »

EEEE!!!  I've been trying to figure out how to do something like this for about a year now (well, I've been thinking about trying to figure it out... Smiley )

The consistency of the paste reminds me of mendhi (henna), which is what had inspired me to try to figure this out.  I really like the look and will probably be spending my evening reducing coffee!! 

Thanks for the tutorial.
Yeah, I thought of mendhi too when I was making this.  I really wanted something similar, and I almost bought a kit to dye my bag with, but I already had coffee (and I'm cheap!)
I'm really excited to see what other people do with this.  I can't wait to see pictures!
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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2007 02:50:01 PM »

I saw this while having breakfast (and COFFEE!!!) this morning before work.  I've been thinking about it ALL DAY.  I'm planning to reduce some coffee this evening.  Can't wait to try it! 

I'm already envisioning doing mendhi designs on fabric to see if I can. 

I don't think I mentioned this before, but i LOVE the fabric/clutch you made!  The almost-tone-on-tone is so subtle but beautiful. 
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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2007 05:29:35 PM »

I saw this while having breakfast (and COFFEE!!!) this morning before work.  I've been thinking about it ALL DAY.  I'm planning to reduce some coffee this evening.  Can't wait to try it! 

I'm already envisioning doing mendhi designs on fabric to see if I can. 

I don't think I mentioned this before, but i LOVE the fabric/clutch you made!  The almost-tone-on-tone is so subtle but beautiful. 
Thank you so much, I was going for an elegant, simple look.  Hurry up and do it already, so I can see what you do! Grin
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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2007 07:26:06 PM »

Hurry up and do it already, so I can see what you do! Grin

The coffee sludge dye is cooling in the fridge so I can experiment...  patience?  what's that? 

Have you tried dying other types of fabrics?  I've been thinking about t-shirt designs with the coffee dye this afternoon...  hmm
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« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2007 07:53:17 PM »

I haven't tried any other fabrics, but I bet anything natural would work.  I got a really good deal on the muslin, so I've just been doing that.  Oh!  I did try it on canvas, and that worked.  Not painting canvas, but tote bag canvas.
Did you taste the sludge?  My five year old wanted to taste it (he's odd- I know), so I let him.  I should've had a camera for that face!
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« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2007 07:49:42 PM »

i love this! its coffee henna!

or atleast thats what I'd call it
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« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2007 06:55:08 AM »

I would still consider it dyeing. Many dyers thicken up their dyes to a paint consistency. The difference between paint and dye is that paint just sits on top of the fabric, even after laundering. Dye, however, bonds to the fibers themselves, and when you wash it out, there is no stiffness. It still feels the same as the fabric would have if you didn't do anything to it.

Anyway, I wonder if my espresso maker would be helpful for this. Hmm... It will certainly be helpful in making some cappucino and get me moving!
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« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2007 10:28:47 PM »

Thanks for the info.  I'm not a real technical person, so half the time I just go with it and figure out the specifics later.  As long as it looks good, who cares what terms you use!
You may need to fire it up quite a bit, I used a whole pot of the stuff.  Of course, I did have some left over.  For a small project a few shots would be enough.  Yeah, I did drink a few cups while making this.  I can't smell coffee without wanting some!  Mmmmm...
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« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2007 07:37:38 AM »


This sounds a very nice thing to do so I hope that I will have time to try.I have "painted" with wheat flour/water-mix and it's also a nice and cheap way to decorate fabric.I have a question : can you wash the fabric which is painted with this technique or does it fade?
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« Reply #17 on: August 29, 2007 07:49:12 AM »


This sounds a very nice thing to do so I hope that I will have time to try.I have "painted" with wheat flour/water-mix and it's also a nice and cheap way to decorate fabric.I have a question : can you wash the fabric which is painted with this technique or does it fade?

I have washed the bag I made many times, and it's holding OK.  I wouldn't bleach it or wash it in hot water.  I've been using mild detergent (no bleach alternative) and cold water.
How does the wheat flour/water mix work?  Does it wash off?
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« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2007 04:11:18 PM »

Ooooooohhhhhh! Cheesy My mom and i love coffee, we have a ton given to us ... thats flavored and cheap so it doesnt taste good, would flavored coffee work too? Sure it would right? ..... thinking of ideas....


I LOVE LOVE LOVE the clutch too! Its gorgeous!!
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« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2007 08:27:09 PM »

Ooooooohhhhhh! Cheesy My mom and i love coffee, we have a ton given to us ... thats flavored and cheap so it doesnt taste good, would flavored coffee work too? Sure it would right? ..... thinking of ideas....


I LOVE LOVE LOVE the clutch too! Its gorgeous!!

I don't see why not.  The flavor doesn't usually add any color to the drink, so I don't think it should alter the color of the dye.  Let me know!
Thanks!  I love the clutch, too.  It'll be hard to part with, but I can always make more!!!
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« Reply #20 on: September 30, 2008 09:18:12 PM »

I wonder if this would work as a hair rinse
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« Reply #21 on: October 01, 2008 06:57:28 AM »

It's definitely cheaper than hair dye! 
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« Reply #22 on: January 04, 2009 07:40:28 AM »

This is a very nice idea, especially for pattern making. I dyed some cloth before, but without the vinegar rise and it still worked. Next time i will do that and also the heat setting step:)

If you wanna look at my results: http://skyturtle.wordpress.com/2009/01/02/how-to-stain-fabric-with-coffee/
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« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2009 04:39:09 AM »

Great fabric, sky turtle!  I thought for a minute it was just newspaper.  The stain adds a great edge to it, too.
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« Reply #24 on: January 05, 2009 12:14:27 PM »

Thank you for your words craftyhandbags:)
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« Reply #25 on: November 05, 2010 11:17:11 AM »

I love this...you did and awesome job and the tute is amazing. Thanks!
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« Reply #26 on: April 08, 2011 01:15:53 PM »

Very cool!  Cool
Now I have a new project to try this weekend....yay!
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« Reply #27 on: February 10, 2013 10:25:43 AM »

hello, i past the weekend getting fun bleaching and paiting some clothing... i uses tie/dye technic to bleach an old 501 levi's dark blue jeans, then i put them in the coffee for 2 hours... now i have to ironing the pants and then i want to brush this coffee paint in the top and the bottom parts... now the efect is so cool, tomorrow i will use the coffee paint... i will tell u about the results... i put some curry in water and i make it boil, i had a sauce very thicky i think i will paint a t-shirt but if it is too much thick may i add some vinager to make it more liquid? and i used the red wine to coloured a linen white shirt (GAS) doing some shadows the efect is so nice but to add a plain colour surface on the top may i use beet sauce, do u know the right process? thanks a lot
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« Reply #28 on: February 18, 2013 10:02:33 AM »

Very cool!!

Many years ago someone gifted me a set of 100% polyester curtains, in harsh, blinding white. I was wearing a coffee stained t-shirt at the time, and I thought, if coffee can stain by accident, let's see what happens if I stain these curtains intentionally. So I made two pots of extra dark brew and dropped the curtains in overnight. The next day I pulled them out and washed them in cool water and dried them in the dryer. They came out a lovely, mottled off-white color, and the color stuck for years.
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« Reply #29 on: February 18, 2013 10:07:46 AM »

Ooooooohhhhhh! Cheesy My mom and i love coffee, we have a ton given to us ... thats flavored and cheap so it doesnt taste good, would flavored coffee work too? Sure it would right? ..... thinking of ideas....


I LOVE LOVE LOVE the clutch too! Its gorgeous!!

I don't see why not.  The flavor doesn't usually add any color to the drink, so I don't think it should alter the color of the dye.  Let me know!
Thanks!  I love the clutch, too.  It'll be hard to part with, but I can always make more!!!

No color is usually not added to coffee drinks, but flavored coffees might contain sugars or milk solids that will make the fabric sticky unless it's washed out
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