Plain To Fancy Shaving Cream Dyed Fabric

My four pieces of hand dyed fabrics for the "Plain to Fancy" Fiber Art Traders exchange.

I wish they photographed better than they did. They are really pretty in person. The first upper left corner was dyed with blue and purple shaving cream then I added floral stencils with a dark blue on top. Upper right was made with shaving cream dyeing by swirling red, orange and yellow dye then adding light red flower rubber stamp impressions. Bottom left corner was shaving cream dyed with dark red and silver then the color was scraped across the fabric. The last was shaving cream dyed dark red with dark red flower rubber stamps. The base fabrics were either muslin or silk. I made two of each.

This can be a very fun class.  The students can learn different techniques for altering fabric with Tsukineko (all purpose ink for Fantastix).  We work the the ink and several different mediums such as shaving cream (shown above), aloe vera gel, rock salt, crayons and more.  During the class I encourage them to try all the mediums on a small blank fabric, on a tone on tone fabric, and then to "color" an embroidery.