Thursday, 10 January 2013

Extraordinary Prints from Ordinary Objects - F

F is for Flour!

Flour is something that we usually keep around in the kitchen.
Why not use it to create fabric as well as for baking cookies!

Mix the flour approx. 50/50 with water. 

- Mix until smooth
- Spread the flour mixture onto the fabric.
- Let dry completely - it will get quite hard.
- When the fabric is crispy: Scrunch it - the more violent you are, 
  the more crinkly lines you will get.

Flour is dried on the fabric and ready for crackling.

- Paint with pigments. Really work the colour into the cracks.

While the flour is wet, you can make patterns.
Here I used different sizes of forks.
Finished "Fork" fabric
- If you want more colours, let the flour/pigment dry and scrunch some more.

- After the fabric is dry, rub off the flour - not a quick process,
but quite relaxing and fun!

Flour and pigment are dry and partially scraped off.

More fork patterns.

Colour Vie pigments,, like most fabric pigments, 
need to be heat set with an iron in order to be wash fast. 

Make sure that all flour is removed from the fabric before heat setting.
If it is not removed, the flour has a tendency to become a permanent fixture 
in your design.....
Now here’s the really cool thing: Colour Vie pigments will actually heat set 
without ironing over a period of time.
So, if you’re not in a rush, you can simply let the fabric sit for 2 - 4 weeks, 
and then rinse off the flour in luke warm water.

 You may want to check out this great blog that uses flour in a different way.


  1. what a wonderful idea...I can hardly wait to find some time to play with flour paste!!!!!!!!!! Yahoo! Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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    1. Thank you for your comment. And have lots of fun with the flour!