"Feelin' Groovy" Diane Evans ©2012
The latest “To-Do” project has now become a “Ta-Da!” Many, many moons ago, I used a design from one of my copyright-free sources, altered it somewhat, and printed it out on fabric. Thanks to the experimentation of fellow blogger Jill Buckley at The Quilt Rat, I learned that aloe vera gel makes a wonderful medium for fixing fabric ink; it’s easily available and very inexpensive. Since “available” and “inexpensive” are two of my favorite words, I bought the All-Purpose Giant Economy-Sized tube and went to work.
I ironed the fabric to a piece of freezer paper to give it stability. The gel was spread over the entire drawing with a paintbrush and left to dry. I then applied the color using Tsukineko Fabrico ink pens and used an iron to heat set it.
Sulky rayon thread was used in the machine quilting, and French knots were added for texture.
The postcard was inserted into a raised, white mat and is available for sale in my Etsy shop.
Jill has also had great results using the aloe vera as a medium for blending watercolor pencils, and the next project is already percolating away. I think this gel could be the next baking soda of our time – one simple product, so many uses.