Coloring Lace With Tsukineko All Purpose Inks

Lynn Majidimehr © 2005

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I'm always on the lookout for something new to play with, and months ago (maybe as long as a year or two) I bought some Tsukineko All Purpose Inks (API). However, sometimes it takes a while before I get around to playing with my new toys, and I also have to re-visit some projects before they work for me. My first attempt was to use them with the Fantastix (empty marker-like tools that are made for use with the inks) on dry lace and fabric, and they came out much darker than I wanted – so I put them away for a while.

Not too long ago, I saw a demonstration by Susan Tierney Cockburn, and she showed how to use them to color fabric using the Fantastix differently. She also told me about the CD that Tsukineko produced called “Designing with Fabric Inks” (she is on it), and of course, as soon as it came out, I had to have it! Between her “in-person” demo, and the CD, I learned to look at them a bit differently.

Last night I spent some time with my Tsukineko inks and colored some lace pieces. I took pictures while they were wet, as well as this morning when they were dry, and some things really surprised me. The main thing that had bothered me when using paint on lace in the past, was the dull look that it gave the lace with the paint sitting on top of it. Well.....since I was doing this late at night, I accidentally had some lace pieces upside down, and when I turned them over this morning, they still had the rayon sheen!!!

First, I started with damp lace and dropped the color on from the tip of a pointed Fantastix (the marker like applicator made for use with these inks). this made the color way too dark, and it did not spread as much as the dyes had.

However, I quickly dropped water on top of the lace and then the colors spread and blended, but were now in puddles, which I blotted up with paper towels, and the lace looked much better.

Next I tried using very wet lace (pinks / purple), and dry lace (greens)

and finally found the way I think worked best - to use the Fantastix and rub color onto dry lace, then drop water on top to blend!!!

Below are pictures of the laces when they were dry.

All it takes is a little practice and you can have beautiful colored lace!

About the Author:

Exactly when I started sewing, I'm not sure. I do remember embroidering some of those pre-printed dresser scarves, etc. for my mom when I was little, and making felt clothing for my troll dolls. My aunt started my quilting education with a couple easy lessons – a maple leaf, and a plain quilted pillow top. Today, most of my creative time is spent making quilts, and quilted projects, but I also enjoy many other hobbies. In 2003 I started my own pattern company, LAM Designs, and publish an eclectic mix of techniques and styles, One of my patterns, Harvest Gathering, was published in the fall 2004 Quilt Sampler magazine, and this past April, I was one of the featured artists at my local quilt guild's show.

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