I have gathered together a selection of fabric paints. Colourcraft “Opaques” fabric paint appears to be quite thick and although called “Opaques” doesn’t perform at all well on darker fabrics.
Dylon fabric paint is a bit more liquid but performs well and I have used it mixed with the Colourcraft paint successfully.
Derwent “Inktense blocks” are good for printing if you sponge on the colour and recommended for fabric painting although I found it difficult to get a consistent cover.
I also found a couple of very old Stencilitis stencil sticks in scarlet and yellow, which are very old and I think came from a home decorating magazine in the 1980s but being oil based they are still soft under the crust and work well with a simple cardboard stencil. They blend well with a brush. I have no idea if these are colour fast. Also, even though they look like Markal I have decided not to use them for any of the further work as I only have the two colours.
I made myself a printing surface which works very well. I made printing blocks using what I had around the house, kids craft foam, stiff card, plywood and polystyrene. Some of these have been more successful than others. I also made stencils from card and transparent sticky backed plastic and both these materials worked very well.
To apply the colours I have mostly used a sponge directly on to the block. This allows for variation of density of colour and applying different colours to the block to print at the same time. I looked at the instructions on making a printing pad but I was not sure how to use it so I did not take that any further at this time.
I tried some hand painting directly on to silk fabric and I felt this was not successful for various reasons. I found it difficult to get a good consistency of colour that did not bleed and make the whole design wet. I have painted on silk in the past but with a wax resist which makes the whole thing a lot easier to manage.
Due to time constraints I have had to experiment whilst working on Project 5. I know this means that I won’t have produced nearly enough samples but I need to press on with this now.