Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Flour Paste Resist With Marti Plager

Fabric with flour paste applied and overpainted with 2 shades of thickened dye.

Recently I published an article on flour paste resist and asked anyone who gave it a try let me know how it went and if they like the results. Marti Plager of Louisville Ky. answered the call and sent along pictures to share as well as some notes on how she used the process.

Marti wrote: Here are pictures of my exercise. I was trying to get the effect of tracks in snow. I love the fabric but I should have done more manipulating of the image for whitness and brightness but I didn't take the time.

I read Jane Dunnewold's article on flour paste in the Feb/March 2008 issue of Quilting Arts. She uses a 1 to 1 ratio of flour to water. I used your instructions and ended up using more flour so the ratio is probably 1 1/2 c water to 1 c flour. I had doubled the recipe and had plenty left over. The fabric measured 20 x 65 inches.

The technique is amazingly fun especially in warm weather. Now to use the fabric in a piece of art.

Marti says she is excited about the process and loves that it is cheap and available and will head to the grocery tomorrow to buy the cheapest flour available. She said I could quote her on that!

This shows the piece of fabric after it was washed and dried. Notice how good the resist is. The edges are very dark and the part that Marti did not draw into is very white.

I like the idea of using more than one color to paint the piece. I did that on my last piece but the two greens were too similar and it did not show up. I also concur with Marti that this is the time of year to be doing this. The warm weather not only helps dry out the resist but helps set the dye. A win win.

Thanks again Marti. Looking forward to how you use the piece in some of your beautiful work.

To see more of Marti's work click HERE.


  1. OK now I have to try this. I don't have dyes. I'll have to get some.

  2. Hello You have a wonderful blog. I just found your site as I was looking up how to make batik with flour paste resist. I am going to try this today and post my results on my blog. Thank you very much for posting how to make the paste and how to use it. I make landscapes and I think this technique will help me make some wonderful leaves. I love batiks for my quilts and to be able to make a few of my own is so exciting. Again Thanks
    Warm regards

    1. Hey Barbara! Thank you for your comment. Please mention my blog in your results article. Love having new visitors. Terry