I was happy to participate recently in a project called i Love to Create that allowed me to explore how to use Tulip Fabric Markers and Tulip Dimensional Mini 3 Packs Fabric Paint to enhance pieces of finished crochet with color and texture. These products are washer-friendly and can be used to create all sorts of different designs on crochet projects to make them unique in a new way. I’m going to show you what I did on a piece of flat crochet fabric (an old crochet washcloth I made) but I hope that you’ll use this inspiration to explore how the same techniques can be used on accessories and garments. I, myself, plan to play with how to add elements of this into crochet jewelry.
Step One: Choose Your Crochet Item
I chose to work with a crochet washcloth for this project but like I said I think that you could do a lot of cool stuff with crochet jewelry, other crochet accessories, crochet garments and even mixed media or crochet art projects. I would suggest working with a flat white or light-colored piece like I did to get started. This made it easy to see what the products did when I played with them in different ways. Then you can go from there in working with more textured, three dimensional, amigurumi or darker colored crochet pieces.
Step Two: Design with the Fabric Markers
I chose to work with just three of the neon colors of the Tulip Fabric Markers – pink, orange and green. However, there are many other colors to choose from, of course. I worked with several different types of these markers. The dual-tip fabric markers are very thin on one side (great for details!) and then thicker on the other side (great for broader strokes). The brush-tip fabric markers have a different effect, a thickness somewhere between the two on the dual-tip markers but with more ability to press down the brush tip and get different results. I’m showing you some close-ups here to see how you can get different effects – lighter, darker, more dense color, etc. – and I encourage you to just be creative and loose in playing around with this.
You can obviously color any design that you want onto your crochet item. I wanted to explore the geometric designs of rectangles and lines so that’s why you see that here. Again, please play, play, play when you do this!
Once you’ve finished your design, you’ll want to just let it lie flat for 24 hours. Then you can wash the fabric. Or you can do what I did next, which was to add more bright color and texture with the Tulip fabric paint.
Step Three: Apply Tulip Fabric Paint
I love the way that fabric paint adds real texture and three-dimensionality to an other flat crochet piece like this. This stuff is simple to use. Just shake up the bottle and then apply it as you wish. Again, I’m just going to show you some examples of what I did when I was playing with effects and you can use that as an inspirational starting point for your own ideas.
I played with adding lines around the shapes I’d made in marker to give an outline to the design. I did this with both the same color (green outline around green rectangle) and a contrasting color (orange outline on same green rectangle). I also thought about how the paint could actually be used as an outline for the whole piece, or as a unique kind of border. I think you could do something fun with a white piece of crochet that has an edging created out of the fabric paint.
I played with the effects of dots. You can do dots of various sizes. And again I played with the difference between doing the same color as opposed to a different color of fabric paint on top of markered crocheted.
And I explored how you could write inspirational words, saying, quotes on crochet using the fabric paint. This is an area I’m going to be playing with more in the future.
Now It’s Your Turn
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