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Topic: Fabric-Inspired Swirl Paper  (Read 2194 times)
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« on: February 15, 2010 01:43:36 PM »

I'm sure I'm not the only one who totally appreciated the fun look of the "Sharpie Dye Color Bursts" (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=327588.0). We learned that coloring on fabric with Sharpies and then dripping rubbing alcohol on top can create pretty patterns: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2459/4095841760_f8a3bd5e47.jpg

This Valentine's Day, when me and my boyfriend had celebrated early and only had an exchange of handmade cards to do on the actual day, I wondered if I could replicate this look using paper instead of fabric.

After many attempts with art paper and computer paper, I realized that the average stuff just wasn't cutting it. So I came up with the best not-fabric, not-quite-paper that I could think up... Paper towels! I drew simple designs on the paper towels, clipped them into an embroidery hoop to keep them steady and dripped rubbing alcohol in the center of each of my little designs.

Drying took forever. I even tried using a hair dryer on the paper towels, but it all seemed incredibly combustible and there was so much gloopy ink/alcohol. I pressed each of the towels between magazine pages and sat on them to press out some of the color and make sure they dried nice and evenly. What follows is the process with my two attempts!

A practice:

The design.

Rubbing alcohol!

Wet and gloopy, post-alcohol.

After being snug as a bug inside of the magazine!

The Valentine's card:

The lovey-dovey inspired design.

Gloop glop gloop.

The dry paper towel, taped to the outside of a very large card.

The lovey, lovely inside!

Thanks for reading! Please post any attempts of your own!
« Last Edit: February 15, 2010 01:46:13 PM by iamstephieee » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2010 03:37:23 PM »

very cute! This is a fun science-y craft to do. FYI you will get more/better dispertion of color if you use a higher percentage of alcohol.  I noticed you used 50%.  This is also why it took so long to dry, it has a lot of water in it.
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2010 08:01:20 PM »

I never would have thought of using paper towels. It looks great.
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2010 08:31:10 AM »

Great colours and lovely sentiment!! 

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