Dye-Na-Flow is a free flowing, super watery, concentrated liquid fabric paint that acts like fabric dye, or somewhat like a watercolor paint, manufactured by @jacquardproducts. i started buying Dye-Na-Flow at my local blick (when i lived in Chicago and had one conveniently located by my grocery store!), but now that i live in the middle of nowhere, i order it online via dharma trading company.
this year I’ve been working through the possibilities with this paint, seeing what it can do: splattering, flicking, making quick concentric circles and stripes with a big brush, and have even put it in spray bottles and sprayed it on to the fabric as well.
i usually start with dry cotton fabric (mostly Kona Snow), and work on top of a blue tarp from Home Depot, which I can easily clean with a wet sponge or baby wipe between pieces. i then quickly start applying paint, without letting colors dry, which leads to a bleeding and blending of colors that i really love.
with the concentric circle pieces, i often splash a contrasting color over the top for interest, and then hang the pieces to dry, which adds to the blending of the colors and gives the circles a “splat” like appearance.
over the summer i completed two quilts with these circles, playing on the drunkard’s path block. various other quilts featuring stripes and splatters are still in the works.
an unexpected and fun variation arose out of the discards and offcuts of the painted striped fabric: a raw edge appliqué motif that suggests the overall idea of a woven piece. when i was prepping pieces paint them with stripes, i simply tore the pieces and got to work. after i was done and the pieces had dried, i started cutting of the edges, thinking it would make piecing easier. but i couldn’t bear to throw the fun offcuts away, so i started playing around! i took a small piece of Kona Snow, sandwiched and quilted it, and then started applying little scraps to the surface, temporarily adhering them with a glue stick, and then a simple top stitch. i’d eventually like to make this quilt again, but on a larger scale.