Hot Mess... a technique that is fun and has exciting results!
The best part about hot mess is that it's easy to do.
Are you ready to get creative?
The process is simple. Apply your choice of chalk paste in small amounts on your transfer image. Use your fingers or squeegee to blend the colours together.
Personally, I have three (3) ways I like to blend my colours and each achieve a different outcome with the reveal.
Hot mess blend 1- Using your fingers, swirl & blend to achieve desired mix
Hot mess blend 2- Use a squeegee and pull in straight lines across the transfer image
Hot mess blend 3 - Use your squeegee and "S" pull your paste. Simply draw S's with squeegee, this give a slightly different look than pulling straight down.
There is always a brief moment in the hot mess process where you question your sanity and if the results will turn out... save the stress until after you Paste, blend, Peel & Reveal ... we have found that it always turns out that we have a Squeal!
Check out Handy Helper's rooster hot mess. This is a retired transfer, however the process stays the same for any transfer you use! This was completed on a stretch canvas done in a reverse canvas style.
There are 3 main products of Chalk Couture.
1- Reusable Silk screen transfers in 5 different sizes (5x7 to 18x24)
2- Chalkology paste-- perfectly formulated for a a project that stays & yet removable
3- Chalkology Inks- for long lasting, washable designs on fabrics, glass and more
Let's take a look at working successfully with Chalk Couture Chalkology Inks for permanent designs on fabrics!
Step one- Prepping your surface. When working with fabric is is highly recommended to have an ink mat like this one >>
under your fabric. This will prevent inks from bleeding through to the backside (like a t-shirt) or work surface, as well as help stop your fabric from moving.
You can also use items like a cutting machine mat (Cricut, Silhouette, Nipica) or even cardboard.
Step 2- Place your transfer on your fabric. If you are a messy crafter (everyone looks at me... ) You may wish to use placement tape or painters tape to frame your transfer with a bigger border. I know of a few crafters who will tape wax paper all the way around... no way to accidentally get an inky finger print or inky squeegee on your fabric!
Step 3-- Let's get inky! Chalk Couture Chalkology Ink goes a long way. Use a small amount on your squeegee. Start on the teal non-image part and gently pull across the mess image. You will use very light pressure, you do not need to force the ink through. Light pressure will also help stop the transfer from popping off the fabric. If you need more coverage, use a little more ink. I find it best to use less and then add more. Another helpful tip is to ink in one direction.
Step 4- Check your fingers! Nothing like a perfect project with a signature fingerprint beside it (who me?!) . Carefully remove your transfer from the fabric. Remember to avoid pulling from the corner, the transfer can be used again- we do not want to stretch it!) The ink will still be wet, so pull slow and steady to avoid splatter. Also avoid dropping your transfer upside-down on your fabric (it's almost like I've done these things!)
Step 5- Let your image dry. (see step 5A while you wait). To speed up dry time you can use a hair dryer. Once it's dry you will need to heat set it to make it permanent. Remove your ink mat/cardboard before heat setting. You can heat set with a heat press/ easy press or home iron. Place a piece of parchment paper (not wax paper!) or a Teflon sheet between your heat source and your image. Iron on medium heat, no steam for 4 minutes on each side (front & back of image) OR heat press at 350F for 30secs. Adjust heat according to your fabric as needed.
Step 5A -- While you wait for your image to dry. Wash your transfer. The ink must be washed out before it dries in the mesh (remember it's permanent even there!). Run your transfer under cool water, gently rub off the ink. If needed use the board eraser to help remove in & staining.
Is staining a big deal?
Step 6- Show off your project proudly!
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Get creative with Colour!
Oh there are so many ways to play with Chalk Couture. I think that's what I love most about the products... there is not one specific right way to use it. Of course there are tips and tricks to have the out come you desire... however I think the best projects come from playing around.
This project is one of my favourite ways to create. Why? Because it can be so colourful or subtle, it uses very few supplies (most already in your home!) and best of all children can easily do it!
So get to the goods Stephanie... spill how we create this fun unique piece!
Okay... here is what you need
1. Watercolour paper -- you can find this in most craft stores
2. Plastic (zip top bag, your transfer package, laminating film to name a few)
3. Washable markers (yep, the ones your kids use)
4. Chalk Couture transfer
5. Chalk Couture Chalkology paste
Since we are working with paper we must FUZZ our transfer... if you have joined a few of our live projects, you will know our sticky re-useable transfers LOVE paper, plastic & glass. So fuzz off some of that sticky before placing it on your paper. This will limit your transfer from peeling up your paper (better project and less clean up!).
So now that you have fuzzed, place that transfer on your paper. Chalk it with your chalk paste following our regular technique. New? Check out our How-To page . Once done let the paste dry... or if you are like me... blow dry it because you are impatient.
Now the fun part. Get your scribble-toddler mode on. On your plastic, colour with your makers in random spots on the plastic. I like to chose 2-3 colours to work with. Once coloured, spritz your plastic with water (you will see the colour "bubble" a little.)
You have two choices-- Place your paper on top of the wet marker colouring OR carefully flip the plastic over onto the paper.
Now rub it with your hands to spread around those gorgeous colours! I think my favourite part is seeing how they blend together. You can dab off any too wet spots with a paper towel or use a hair dryer to push them further along the paper.
A busy mom of three finding me time, therapy and fun with Chalk Couture and crafting!