I couldn’t resist that title, since I just tried two methods of applying a resist to fabric. One art quilt group I belong to has been making noises about trying Elmer’s blue gel glue as a resist. Since I had some as well as a bottle of Jacquard resist I decided to declare last Friday an experiment day.
I used my circus tent design for the gel glue, and a lines sketch for the Jacquard.
The gel glue was applied directly from the bottle, while the Jacquard was put in a small bottle with an applicator tip. I put my drawings underneath the fabric and traced the lines.
Then I used Pebeo Setacolor light (transparent) paints to fill in the shapes. I quickly learned that too many small shapes give the paint lots of opportunities to breach the resist.
Once the paint dried and the fabric sat for several hours, I heat set the paint with an iron per the manufacturer’s instructions, and washed the fabrics in a bucket of soapy water. While the Jacquard product came off easily, the gel glue was recalcitrant. It’s a glue after all. I ended up scrubbing that fabric with an old toothbrush, but found I still didn’t get all the glue out.
Here are my results.
In both you can see some bleed through. I got smoother lines with the Jacquard resist, but I think it’s because I used a fine tip applicator. The gel glue bottle was more awkward to hold so the flow of gel wasn’t as smooth, at least in my hands. If I use the gel glue again it would be for a simple design, possibly dashed lines, that I would paint over with a color wash. Also, as you can see from the Jacquard piece, I made some lines too thick for fine detail to show.
I don’t know if I’ll use this technique again soon, but I did get to recycle some of my master class designs.