Flour Resist + Paint Removal | Flour Paste Tutorial Part 4

Removing the flour resist and paint from your fabric!

Unclamp your thoroughly  dried fabric from the table.  Fill a large bucket with warm water and slowly submerge your fabric.   DO NOT do this step in a sink, the flour resist WILL clog your drain and pipes. You’ve been warned!  

Soak the fabric in warm water to remove all flour – 15 to 20 minutes should soften the resist enough to peal off.  Wash in a mild detergent with cool water.  Dry after all of the flour is removed.  

*Remove wrinkles using an iron or steamer. 

washing fabric after flour resist

fabric example after flour resist is removed



Your new fabric is done! Now get creative with it!

Fun was to use your decorative fabric
  • pillows cases
  • napkins
  • throws
  • scarves

I used my cracked fabric in a past art show.

cracked fabric using flour paste resist


Thanks for checking out this Flour Paste Resist Tutorial! I hope you had fun!

> > > Part Three : Cracking the Flour and Adding Paint

> > Part Two: Preparing and Applying the Flour Paste Resist

> Part One:  Fabric Preparation 


Mending | The Beauty of Repair

I’m currently researching “Mending” and the beauty of repair.  Coming from a flawed and unconventional up-brining, I find that my subconscious to be drawn to reconstruction and the various forms of repair.  I am finding there is much beauty within and around the process.  When observing the process we find stories wedged in the before, during and after.  I see the beauty of repair as a narrator –  a visual storyteller.  And it is the viewers gift to unearth those stories.

Here are a few beautiful examples of storytelling through repair.

Changing perception through repair.

Artist: (unable to find resources)

Beauty of Repair stitched photo of young man



Bringing different stories together with mending.  The artist has constructed (re-imagined) a family portrait of mother, daughter and son.

Artist: Annegret Soltau


Beauty of Repair stitched family portrait.



Highlighting damage is the beauty of repair.  Cleverly bringing attention and admiration to something that would ordinarily be overlook or expected to exist.

Artist: Jan Vormann,

Beauty of Repair lego filled cracks on brick wall


Adding value where there is seemingly none.

Artist: Catherine Bertola

Beauty of Repair gold filed cracks



Repair is a reminder of our own impermanence.

Artist:  Anya Kristin Beeler

Beauty of Repair on the Human Body


Mend v

[object]:  to make (something broken, worn, torn, or otherwise damaged)whole, sound, or usable by repairing.  to remove or correct defects or errors in.  to set right; make better; improve.

[without object]: to progress toward recovery, as a sick person.  (of broken bones) to grow back together; knit.  to improve, as conditions or affairs

Mend n

the act of mending; repair or improvement.  a mended place.


*All images found on Pinterest

Part 3 | Cracking the Flour Resist

Now that your flour paste resist is dry, you are ready to begin cracking!  This is SO satisfying!


Start cracking the flour resist by crunching the fabric with both hands. Do this as much or as little as you like.  The more you crack the flour resist the more areas for your color to seep through.  Don’t worry if you cannot see all of the cracks. They are there, trust me!

Get creative with this step, you can make concentrated cracks on particular spots of your fabric. You can even do one mass of cracks and leave the rest of the fabric solid to dye over later. There are many possibilities!


Cracking the Flour Resist once dried



For this step you will need your chosen color of acrylic paint, water, small bucket, paint brush and gloves.  Hopefully you found some fun paints to try – I went with black!

Add 1 part paint to 1 part water in a small bucket, and stir with a wooden paint stirrer.  Once the acylic paint and water are mixed thoroughly, using your paint brush, begin to paint the on top of the flour paste resist.  You want to be generous with the paint, it needs to seep through the the cracks in the resist to get to the fabric.  

*Note: if you cracked the resist in specific areas, you’ll only need to paint those areas.


Applying Paint after Cracking the Flour Resist

Applying acrylic paint after Cracking the Flour Resist

Cracked Flour Paste Reist Results

To check if your paint is saturating, gently lift up a corner of the fabric where you added paint and look underneath.  If you didn’t squeal with excitement, you didn’t add enough paint!

After applying your color onto the resist, let the paint dry.  Use any of the 3 methods in Part Two, to dry the paint.  When the paint is fully dry it should be the same color where ever you applied it.  No dark wet spots!  If you notice some cracked areas are lacking color, re-apply paint to those spots and repeat the drying process.

dried paint after cracking the flour resist

> > > Part Four : Removing the Resist

> > Part Two: Preparing and Applying the Flour Paste Resist

> Part One:  Fabric Preparation