Wednesday, April 10, 2013

~ How to dye fabric with Chalk Paint® decorative paints by Annie Sloan ~

Hello friends...thanks for visiting and get ready for a little creative fun!
My friend and mentor Nancy Tribolet created this lovely rose painted skirt set
Back in the 90's, while living in Texas, I used to do quite a lot of fabric painting.

This was part of the cover of a fabric painting book by Nancy Tribolet

 My medium of choice was Delta Ceramcoat Fabric Dyes. They were not like the stiff craft acrylics that laid on the surface of the fabric, but rather a dye that penetrated the fibers and left the fabric soft.
Unfortunately, this product is no longer produced...much to my dismay.
But guess what I discovered in Annie Sloan's new book, Color Recipes??

Best of all it stays soft!!
No special equipment or tools needed. I used a plastic tub to dye my vintage doilies
I ran about 4 inches of tap water into the container and poured in about a 1/8 of a cup of paint.
I gently mixed the paint and water together
and proceeded to drop the doilies into the solution. It took about 35 seconds for the dye to take....incredible.
It left no stain on my hands. I love this!

This is a before and after shot.
I love the soft pale hue of the dye.

I mixed Florence and Antibes Green to create a lovely 1950's kitchen green.

Isn't this a pretty color? Have you tried mixing Annie's colors yet, you should give it a go. 
It is amazing how many fabulous new colors you can create with a few key colors of
 Chalk Paint®.
Need a grey...try mixing blue and orange...need brown..try combining a red and a green.
So easy!

I even dipped a few linens in a large cottage cheese container. Seriously, no special equipment needed.

Here are all the pieces that I dyed using Barcelona Orange, Scandinavian Pink, my custom green mix and Aubusson Blue.
After drying I hand washed a few and the water ran clean. The Chalk Paint® did not wash out.

After my pieces dried, I pinned them side by side and using a running zig zag stitch, sewed them all together.

Here is my vintage dyed scarf, all ready for Spring.

I added a few little crocheted flowers for some feminine sweetness.

This project was so easy and quick to work up. 
How fun would it be to dye some t-shirts with your children or maybe some canvas tennis shoes!
The possibilities are endless..bed sheets, patterned fabric, window treatments....
Somebody Stop Me!!!

I hope you give this a try and please do let me know what how it went.
Now go color your world!

Until next kind and stay creative!



Michelle G @ Diamonds n Toads said...

Your amazing!!!! Love it!

Catherine Etter said...

Can't wait to give this a go!!!!!!!!

Lady Courtney said...

Amazing, but then again this is amazing paint! I have so many projects in my head right now! I love the scarf, can you say gorgeous?!

Lady Butterbug said...

Amazing process...I will be trying soon!

Hartwood Roses said...

Ooooo, how about a light dip in Coco or French Linen to get an aged, tea-dyed effect? Too cool.

Jennifer Juniper said...

I never would have thought you could dye fabric with this paint! Is there anything this paint can't do?

Aprons and More said...

Pretty and such a great idea!! I have never thought of sewing crochet pieces together...hmmm the possibilties! Just wish that I had time to do it!
Thanks for the great ideas!!

Katy :)

Anonymous said...

I love this post. You look great in the picks, always with at pretty smile. ;)

Shingle Cottage said...

Oh wow this is amazing! Thank you for sharing such a great post xxx

PVC Fabric said...

This is so amazing! Thanks!

Claire said...

Hey Janet, that chalk pain, certainly is versatile stuff...
Your scarf looks great, definitely Spring.......
I'm sure you'll be doing a lot more fabric dying in the future.......

Claire x

Anne said...

Oh my goodness I love this! Thanks Janet! Can`t wait to do this!

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Anonymous said...

Love this idea. Question...what is the plastic lid with pour spout called and where can I get one. The ones I bought fit nicely but don't have the pour spout. Thanks

Kerry said...

Love the scarf. Can't wait to have a go at dying some fabric. Thank you x