Monday, June 22, 2009

Tuskineko and Ikea

I've been asked by a few readers as to what paints I used for the dolls in my previous post. I used Japanese Tsukineko All-Purpose Inks. They come in a wide assortment of colors inside very small bottles. Applicators, such as the ones shown, are used to apply the pigment. (You can also use a paint brush.) Depending on how you use them you can get different results... very bright saturated color right out of the bottle, water color effect when used on wet fabric, to an almost coloring book effect when used in light amounts on dry fabric. Hope that helps!

In other news... My very sweet Hubby spent his Father's Day taking me to Ikea, where I went hog wild buying up their sale fabrics, priced .99 cents to $2.99 a yard. The last thing I really need is more fabric, but at those prices how could I resist? By the time we got home the light was getting too poor to photograph them, but after some web searching I did find images of some of the prints:

Most are mid-weight bold prints in a semi 1970's color pallet... They are going to give me a fun mental challenge!

These flowers are enormous... a yard wide each!

Flowers sprinkled over large, wonky stripes

Giant waves of color.

The super large, colorful circles on this print remind me of the game "Twister!"

Also got some wonderful light-weight bird and leaf prints, which I will show another day. I'm looking forward to playing around with all this new yardage and will show you the results soon, I hope!


nicolette said...

Thanks for the info on the Tsukineko Inks!

Lovely fabrics from Ikea and a lovely hubby to take you there on Fathers Day!

Hey Harriet said...

Thanks for sharing the inky-linky-love! I think I was one of the ones who had asked what inks you use :)

Your hubby spent Fathers Day being dragged around Ikea? I love it! He sounds like quite a guy! You folk celebrate Fathers Day early! We don't have ours until September! I really like your choice of fabrics and can't wait to see what you do with them :)

Fog and Thistle said...

Fun fabric finds! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

High Desert Diva said... all makes for a colorful post!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Okay, your IKEA has different fabrics than ours. Rather jealous of you, I am.
(and apparently I feel the need to speak like Yoda today)

Colleen MacDonald said...

I love those fabrics; WOW! I am going to have dreams about those giant daisies, I'm sure!

RosaMarĂ­a said...

great fabrics!! and the price is the best!! love the waves and the flowers sprinkled!

shellysquilts said...

Hey V, Great finds at Ikea. I'm leaving town and as luck would have it, there's an Ikea on the way. Yipee! Thanks for the heads up, you rock!

connie said...

I love Ikea. The closest Ikea to us is about 300 miles away. TOOO FAR. I can hardly wait to see what you do.

bunzi said...

i want to go to ikea! ;) very fun fabrics!

picciolo said...

wow great fabric bargains! And I've never seen those inks before, thanks for telling us about them
: )