Monday, October 6, 2014

ETCETERAS: Faux Shibori Curtains

Faux Shibori Curtains via homework (7)Have you seen the hot new craft trend called Shibori? Shibori is a Japanese tie dye technique but it is more of an art form. Intricate folds, twists and knots create beautiful dyed fabric patterns. The technique typically uses an indigo dye which create gorgeous deep blue resist patterns.

shiborivw_nHere’s an example of the Shibori look. Photo source.

Faux Shibori Curtains via homework (8)I would love to try out this technique some day but it involves indigo dye, a vat or large bucket plus an area to work in and dry your piece. I have visions of an indigo dye spill on my patio or permanently dyed hands. Instead, I came up with a way to achieve a similar look with craft paint.

Faux Shibori Curtains via homework (1)I started with my existing white bathroom curtains. Using a small paint brush I painted a grid of lines with black craft paint.

Faux Shibori Curtains via homework (2)I then dabbed the vertical lines with a sponge brush soaked with water.

Faux Shibori Curtains via homework (4)The goal was to get the craft paint to bleed out into a leaf shape.

Faux Shibori Curtains via homework (5)Once I was done, I left the panel on the patio table to dry completely. When the paint is thoroughly dry, use a rag to cover the panel and iron.

Faux Shibori Curtains via homework (7)And there you have it. A quick and easy faux Shibori effect.


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  1. Carolyn! These are super pretty! Kyla @

  2. wow these faux shibori curtains are totally cool! love the idea and will have to try something similar over here. Too awesome!

  3. Wow! I am so impressed! What a great effect! Looks great Carolyn!

  4. Really cool! I <3 checker board designs and this one is so modern! Pinned


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