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Old 07-12-2018, 11:19 AM   #1
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I’d like to color the flattish, bright white, braided cotton cord that’s attached to an art journal. It’s about 5/8” wide and 21” long on one end and 11” on the other, so not skimpy. But it can’t be unattached - it’s woven into the outside binding.

(Maybe someone skilled could unattach/reattach without destroying the binding but that someone is not me.)

I was thinking of watercoloring, then read an article that suggested watercoloring fabric and then painting a mix of water and fabric medium on top. I have more highly pigmented pan watercolors and inexpensive brands.

The goal is sort of ROYGBIV to echo the cover.

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- Plaid fabric “ink” at Michaels - unless someone really thinks it’s the way to go. A Craft Test Dummies video indicated it’s really paint, the consistency of honey, but it did well on fabric.
- Rit Dye - too big a production for a cord permanently attached to a small journal.
- Tea or coffee dying - because the cover colors are very bright, not a vintage type book.

Thanks in advance!

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Brushos work great with ribbon/seam binding so I think they'd be good. You could work a small section at a time. But if you ever get it wet afterwards the colour would probably run, unless you coated it with some protective medium.
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Thank you, Sabrina. I have Ken Oliver Color Bursts - also wc powders, unless I donated them. It’s his journal so fitting. : )

I wonder if gel medium would stiffen the cord and cause it to crack. I’ll look for fabric fixatives but it theory it shouldn’t get wet.
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Hi Beth,

What about alcohol ink? Colors should be bright and you can apply it by drop to control the flow.

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Neat idea! I have tons of colors. I wonder if the colors can be diluted with blending solution - putting drops in paint palette wells. I should get some white, braided cotton cord to experiment on. Just called Jo-Ann - they have several types.

And have a fan blowing fumes away since the cord is so long!

Thanks Debra.

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maybe colouring it with alcohol markers or permanent markers would give you more control. I have never tried this myself.
I think you can also dye cotton with koolaid if you really want to experiment - on second thoughts, that is not practical as it would need to be heat set.
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Plus if I got thirsty I could dip the cord in water...

I hadn’t thought about markers or alcohol markers! I have Sharpies and Copics. A bullet tip would be best given the width - and how long they are. Worth trying. Definitley will be visiting Jo-Ann to buy some cotton cord to play with. Thank you Jenny!
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