BLAH: Painted fusible

I am reminded today that just because you can do it, it doesn’t mean you need to do it!!

I have a list of techniques to try and/or revisit for this year’s blog posts. First on that list was painting fusible. I decided to use Pellon 911FF and HeatNBond Lite. I made a video, but decided it wasn’t worth posting. All this involves is painting fusible. I painted the HeatNBond Lite with water-downed Artistic Artifacts Fluid Textile paint. Here is what it looked like once it was painted. This product has a paper side that you place that side down. You can see how when it’s watered down, it bubbles and makes an interesting pattern.

The Pellon 911FF does not have a paper side. For the first piece I used the same watered down textile paint as I did with the HeatNBond Lite. The second piece is using watered down Dye-Na-Flow. The patterns made with this fusible were much more interesting.

Now we’ll see if the patterns transfer to the fabric.

Once it’s dry it’s ironed to fabric. To do that you need to use a sheet between the fusible and your iron or you will have a mess on your iron.

Here are the results. The first one is the HeatNBond Lite. I ironed, and ironed it and it and it’s still sticky. You can see how the fabric would not lay down flat.

Here are the Pellon 911FF pieces. They did better. Both paints worked, and the pattern did transfer well.


Then I cut a little of the Pellon sheets to put on one piece of fabric.

When all is said and done, this technique has created fabric that is ugly or “Blah.” It just didn’t give me the results I was hoping for. It was a waste of time and product. Maybe others have created beautiful fabric with this technique, but not me.

It’s in that category of “not going to do again” and just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you need to do it! So that’s one item off that list for this year. On the positive side, I no longer feel I need to try this. Been there. Done that. Time to move on to the next list item!

If you’ve had success with this technique, I’d love to hear about it. Or if you have tried another technique that was a BLAH one for you, I’d love to hear about that too.