Marbled Fabric Surface Design: Working with Floating Paints, Stencils, & More (Video Download)

Discover how to use the ancient technique of marbling to create gorgeous, colorful marbled fabrics from fiber artist Jo Fitsell in this video workshop.
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Go through step-by-step processes working with floating paints and stencils in this fun workshop video. Learn how to float a very thin layer of paint on the surface of thickened water and then how to lift the paint design off the surface and onto a piece of fabric. This is such a thin layer of paint that they fabric will not become crispy or hard and is easy to work with once painted. Get tips for preparing fabric by removing the sizing and soaking it in an alum bath, to help the paint adhere to the fabric.

Also discover how to create the thickened water surface on which the paints will be floated, using carrageenan (a thickening agent made from seaweed). Learn how to make and use stencils on the surface, choose colors for subsequent layers, and much more. Finally, learn the process for drying, rinsing, and curing. See each possibility illustrated with a finished sample and a live demo.

This gorgeous marbled fabric makes for great material to stitch with machine or by hand. There are no two marbled pieces alike. Have fun creating unique pieces and watch what the paint creates. The possibilities are endless so let your imagination run wild!

With this Quilting Arts Workshop™ video, you'll open a world of new options for surface design with Jo’s techniques for marbling fabrics!

  • Drop cloth
  • Carrageenan
  • Light-to-medium fabrics (You can use solid commercial fabrics or hand-dyed fabrics.)
  • Arm & Hammer® Washing Soda, or soda ash
  • Laundry detergent
  • Alum
  • Buckets
  • Measuring cups and measuring spoons
  • Spoons (for mixing)
  • Sink or dishpan (for the alum soak)
  • Plastic tray or dishpan (for the marbling surface)
  • Blender
  • 1-gallon container filled with warm water
  • Newsprint
  • Golden Artist Colors® Fluid Acrylics, including iridescent colors (Fine)
  • Small glass jars (for paints)
  • Eyedroppers
  • Popsicle® sticks
  • Gloves
  • GAC 100 multipurpose acrylic polymer
  • Foam sheets
  • X-ACTO™ knife and mat (for cutting stencils)
  • Items to float on the surface of the carrageenan/paint (chopsticks, straws, corks, paper, broom applicator, foam sheets, etc.)
  • Mild soap or dish soap (for washing the marbled fabrics)
  • Iron
  • Apron

SKU: EP5299

Author/Speaker/Editor: Jo Fitsell

Format: Standard Definition Video

Customer Reviews

Marbled Fabric Surface Design Review by Angie Knowles

Great instructional video. Loved Jo Fitsell's easy to understand instructions and the graphic look of her marbled fabrics. I've been marbling fabrics fro 2 weeks now and love coming up with fun patterns and color combinations. Highly recommend this video if you are looking for something different to do with your fabrics.

(Posted on 8/10/12)