Masking and Resist – Freezer Paper Masking

This is the first post in a series about masking and resist techniques.  These techniques are a lot of fun to play with. 

Freezer paper is one of the easiest ways to mask.  A mask blocks the surface of the fabric from taking paint, but will not prevent the fabric from absorbing paint.  A resist, however, is absorbed into the fabric and blocks it from absorbing paint.  Future posts will cover resists.

In the first example, I started with a batik.


I cut shapes from freezer paper and ironed them on to the fabric. 


Then I used watered down paint to stamp and do a little brushing on the fabric.  Because I thinned the paint, it wicked under the freezer paper mask.  This gives the masked shapes a soft edge.  Although you can see some of the shapes clearly, the overall look is a mottled pattern.


In the second example, I started with a hand dyed fabric.  Again, I cut shapes out of freeze paper and ironed them onto the fabric.


 Next I stamped with paint that had not been thinned.  The masked areas are much more distinct, although they would have showed better if the stamp had a denser pattern.


Whether or not you thin your paint depends on the look you want.  You could even use both versions on one fabric, which would make it look much more complicated than it really is.  It’s a great craft project for kids too. Hope you’ll give it a try.

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