When designing my Charming Cherry Blossom collection I found myself disappointed with the impact of colors on the overall feel of the blossoms. I just couldn't find the right color thread that embodied the delicacy, fragility and quiet elegance cherry blossoms as they're found in nature. I racked my brain for some technique I could use to highlight these small, fleeting symbols of renewal, karma and life. I recalled a project I had taught locally where we had used permanent markers in various colors on t-shirts and then applied rubbing alcohol to give the colors a water colored or tie-dyed look to them. I remember being impressed with how vibrant and striking the colors remained even after applying the alcohol. So I thought "I wonder if this would work on my cherry blossoms". And guess what, it worked MARVELOUSLY! This technique can be applied to any finished crocheted or knit piece to give it a unique hand touched finish. The ink works best on natural fibers. You're limited only by your own imagination on this. Enjoy yourself!
Optional- add more details, color and/or alcohol to get the effect you like. Note: overall colors will lighten up when piece has dried completely.