Fabric Creation Challenge – Cracks

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The next topic for our Fabric creation challenge was cracks.
I particularly like this one as it allowed me to try something I’d read about years ago, but never tried.
Starting with a Khaki homespun I drizzled a mix of flour and water in circles. The mixture was a fluid consistency, but not runny, so it held it’s place without too much movement.

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When the mixture dried, about 36 hours, it left the fabric with a pebbled looking texture. The flour mix had dried and “contracted” a little so the uncoated centres of each circle were raised.
Scrunching the fabric slightly, cracked the flour mix, but left it intact on the fabric. I then brushed black acrylic ink over the whole piece.

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My expectation was that the uncovered areas would be dyed black. But instead the flour mix absorbed the ink and the result was brilliant! In fact I love the back more than the front!

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As per our guidelines for the challenge I had to apply yet another technique to the piece. So after removing the flour paste by softening with water then scraping it off with a soft spatula, I sprinkled bleach crystals all over the fabric. This was another technique I had heard about and wanted to try.
Unfortunately as I could not see any visible bleaching, I left the crystals on too long and I was left with holes in my fabric!
Definitely unexpected results with experimental techniques, but the result was a winner!

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