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Topic: Watercolor look on duvet cover-- advice needed!  (Read 1619 times)
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« on: July 11, 2012 09:58:16 PM »

I absolutely love this duvet cover ...
http://common2.csnimages.com/lf/50/hash/2570/5780999/1/Blissliving-Home-Pacific-Duvet-Set.jpg

but I don't love it enough to pay $275. I want to create something similar but I have no idea how to do it, I am a total novice to dyeing.

The manufacturer site says that the material is cotton sateen. What would be the best way to go about creating this effect?
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2012 06:17:07 AM »

Wow! That duvet is beautiful!

I have never created this effect myself, but I came across a couple "watercolor effect" how-tos that might be helpful to you:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307855.0

http://www.ehow.com/how_7894036_dye-cotton-fabric-watercolor-paint.html

Alternatively, you could dip dye the duvet (you'd have to find a bucket big enough), and use something like ice cube dyeing to get the "splotchy" effect. I think if you used the same color as the dip dye it might give you the effect you are looking for. Here's a link on dyeing with ice cubes:

http://carolreatondesigns.blogspot.com/2012/02/fabric-dye-ice-cubes-awesome.html

I haven't done this either, but it something that I'm dying (hehe) to try!

Good luck! Let us know how you make out!!!

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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2012 08:38:05 PM »

That's a really pretty duvet cover! I wouldn't pay that much for it either though, lol!

I would suggest doing several test pieces first...maybe use an old white sheet? Or buy an inexpensive cotton sateen sheet or pillowcase? I would cut up an old sheet into a bunch of squares and then keep track of what was done to each so you can get the look you want.

I know that watercolor effects similar to the duvet can be created using rubbing alcohol. I'm not sure of the exact chemical reaction (if any) but the alcohol seems to push the dye away from wherever you put the alcohol. You could use a spray bottle or a little squeeze bottle (ketchup squeezee type bottle) to apply the alcohol.  You could also play around with dampening the fabric first vs. starting with dry fabric. The salt technique is pretty too...although different from the picture of the duvet you posted it still has a watercolor effect. The salt granules will draw the dye to them creating spots of concentrated color.
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2012 12:28:51 PM »

Thanks for the advice!
I love the ice cube look.
I'll probably do alot of playing around with scraps.
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