Friday, November 02, 2007

AK Hot Doggies

Jodi Hughes of AkHotDoggies (Alaska Hot Doggies), based in Anchorage Alaska, marbles just about everything. Using washable, colorfast textile paint, she covers silk, cotton T-shirts, shoes, purses, resin, and plastic.

When asked how she got into this type of art, Jodi said, "I needed a creative hobby. I had stumbled on Dharma Trading’s website and purchased their Marbling starter kit. I can honestly say my 1st attempts did not turn out well but for some reason I kept experimenting. My friend got me hooked on thrift stores which really kicked up my inspiration. Thrift Stores are just treasure troves of ideas!!"

When dry, the finished product has some texture to it, unlike dye, as the paint sits on top rather than soaking into the fiber.

The process of how this effect is achieved is very interesting. "The marbling process for textiles takes several days," Says Jodi "sometimes more, depending on the results." The artist has outlined the instructions in her IndiePublic page using paper as an example.

Jodi recommends the book, "The Ultimate Marbling Handbook" by Diane Maurer-Mathison. It is a great basic beginners' guide full of information and great, colorful examples.

This silk tie was originally a silver gray color but after marbling it black and orange the blend of colors is quite rich but not overpowering or garrish. It looks kind of pastel Salmon, only more exciting than your typical pastel color.

See all of her goodies for sale on Etsy at:
More info from the artist can be found on Myspace: .
To learn still more about the artist go to her blog:

A tutorial on marbling fabric specifically is offered at this site:

Supplies for marbling can be bought here and further instructions:

Article based on the post written by Pippit.

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