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Paint? Knit? Both!

I have a mixed media question. I just sketched out a painting onto canvas, and I want the texture of knitted fabric to feature prominently in the composition. Could I use block printing ink, acrylic paint, or silkscreen printing ink on a knitted swatch and print it onto the canvas? What kind of yarn would be least likely to absorb the ink/paint?

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lindapendant
Nov. 5th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
Natural fibers such as cotton, linen, wool, and silk will absorb dye, ink, and paint better than acrylic yarn, but I do believe that acrylic yarn will still absorb quite well.
mythmyth
Nov. 5th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
The only thing to worry about is if the ink is water based or oil based. If you're using oil based paint, you can't put acrylic or other water based paints on top of it. You can put oil based paint on top of water based paint just not the other way around. Some printmaking inks are oil based so check the label.

As for the yarn, I might try something that's stiff like twine. You can also try string that has been waxed which won't absorb all the paint. I would try experimenting with different materials before you start just to be sure you have the right stuff for the job.
log_junkie
Nov. 6th, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)
I think acrylic is your best bet. The polymer chains are long enough to be fibrous, so they'll be less soluble. And acrylic yarn is definitely less absorbent. And because it's cheap, you can test it first.
frankfan88
Nov. 8th, 2012 08:41 am (UTC)
great
it show us great knowledge of drawing,which require great ability,also i saw at www.rsporder.com those ,i cant remeber this ,thanks for sharing
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