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Some background information about the website Your Colourful Mind

No 95 – Fabric painting – Is it your thing? – Give it a try!

Download the FREE STAMPING-TUTORIAL and enjoy the warm-up project! It’s so easy to do!

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

Yes, fabric painting is a very creative, relaxing and productive activity.

But is it YOUR thing?

Is there a chance that you too will find fabric painting a fascinating and relaxing activity?

You’re the only person who can answer this question, of course.

The best way to find out is to give fabric painting a try. 🙂

Get started with a little fun-project

Fabric stamping is a very flexible technique and working on this little fun-project – which doesn’t need much preparation and equipment – will help you to get a fast and easy access into fabric painting.

This tutorial gives you an easy start. – And it’s for free!

CLICK HERE (or on the image) to get YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD!

 

Expect more to come!

This is just the first in a series of fabric stamping tutorial downloads.

And they are all free for the subscribers of YOUR COLOURFUL MIND’s newsletter. 🙂

Now it’s time to start your fabric-painting project! Follow the easy instructions in the tutorial and have fun!

And don’t forget to send images of your work – we could publish them in one of the next blog posts (Send the images via email to margot@your-colourful.mind.com).

Enjoy yourself,

Margot

 

 

No 64 – Fabric Painting Design & Techniques – Gallery of project images reorganized at Your Colourful Mind

Project Images Gallery – Now it’s easy to find project examples of different fabric painting techniques

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

Nine months ago we launched our website and blog Your Colourful Mind. We have published more than 60 posts since then, many of them presenting images of our fabric painting projects.

So far, we collected and sorted our project images into three different albums within our Gallery:

Why we had to renovate our Gallery of fabric painting project images

During the past weeks, I got emails and blog-comments from some of our regular visitors, asking for more detailed information about different fabric painting techniques and for some guidance on how to apply them: detailed tutorials or check-lists and other background information.

I am glad about any feedback from your side and take it always very seriously. Thus I am thinking about how we can better deliver what you expect from Your Colourful Mind.

Most projects presented in our posts are not success-proven procedures but experiments with unforeseeable results. And, yes, many of them do end up with results which differ from what we had expected before we started the project. 🙂  🙁

The creativeness of  Your Colourful Minis based on Learning-by-doing

Here, at Your Colourful Mind, unexpected effects and results are positive features of our projects, failures and strange outcomes are welcome.

Anything that doesn’t go according to our planning supports our learning and helps to understand the fabric painting tools, materials and procedures better.

The project presentations, therefore, can’t be seen as professional instructions from an experienced fabric painter.

How can we integrate profound project assistance and check-lists in Your Colourful Mind?

A quick solution is not an option; we just have to start working on this and will progress over time.

A very first step has been done already, the Gallery of our images has been reorganized recently and now offers better access to a deeper understanding of fabric painting techniques.

The reorganized Gallery offers the following additional albums of our project images, each focusing on one fabric painting technique:

So, we don’t have detailed tutorials on offer at the moment, 🙁 , but it’s easy now to find project ideas by strolling through the painting techniques’ albums 🙂 .

And we plan to start publishing a series of tutorials soon. Promised!

Do you have a special fabric painting technique in mind you would like to learn more about? Please, send your ideas and suggestions for our how-to-do-series to  margot@your-colourful-mind.com.

Make sure that you don’t miss out on any new projects and, in future, tutorials:  sign up to receive new blog posts via email.

Many thanks again to all of you who sent in their feedback already, it will help to improve Your Colourful Mind and the fabric painting abilities of all of us.

Cheers,

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No 48 – Your Colourful Mind – THE Fabric painting meeting point – is celebrating 6 months of exciting activities

Today it’s time to celebrate!

Your Colourful Mind – our fabric painting hot spot – happily announces its 6-months-anniversary!  🙂

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind

Yes, there definitely is reason to celebrate:

It’s more than 6 months that we have been coming together on a regular basis to discuss fabric painting matters and to learn from each other!

 

Our fabric painting meeting place “opened its doors” on 20th November 2015 when the website Your Colourful Minwas launched and the first blog post was published: NO 1 – WELCOME TO THE NEW FABRIC PAINTERS’ MEETING PLACE.

The definition of the website’s purpose and goal hasn’t changed since its launch date:

The idea is to develop one central location for fabric painters
  • where we can meet and get to know each other,
  • where information and motivation can be found,
  • where techniques and materials can be discussed,
  • and where personal experiences and skills can be shared.”
Over the past 6 months, Your Colourful Minhas not only survived, it has permanently grown and developed its profile:
  • The amount of posts published has gone from zero to 48 (one to two posts each week)! – Have a look at the List of all posts to get an overview of all the issues we have talked about so far.
  • The group of monthly visitors – including YOU today – has grown from nobody to 2500 people! Thank YOU for coming around! 🙂
  • The archive of Your Comments on our website which serves as a guestbook already lists more than 100 discussion contributions!
  • The number of design contributions from you, the visitors at www.Your-Colourful-Mind.com, has developed from zero to 12! A big Thank You goes to our 8 contributors!  –  Get inspired by the project contributions from
  • Additionally, 7 fabric painting design idea examples have been published so far (Posts No 19, No 20, No 21, No 23, No 24, No 26, and No 27).
  • And our comprehensive discussion of the pros and cons of fabric painting compared to Adult Colouring Books (Posts No 29, No 30 and No 47) resulted in the presentation of 10 further design ideas (Posts No 31, No 33, No 34, No 36, No 38, No 41, No 42, No 43, No 44 and No 46).
  • The gallery of images of all our projects, therefore, has grown from none to nearly 100 items! Have a look!
  • We also started to study some basic information on fabric painting. We, for example, increased our knowledge of
    • fabric painting techniques (Broad overview in Post No 5)
    • the choice and preparation of suitable fabric and apparel items for our projects (Posts No 12 and No 15)
    • the general preparation and equipment necessities of a fabric painting project (Post No 17)
    • some helpful ideas to develop creative designs (Post No 18) or to overcome creative blockades (Post No 28)
  • And we have created two collections of resources:
    • On our website we began to compile a list of useful books and other publications on fabric painting (have a look at Resources)
    • and on Pinterest we opened different boards which help us to collect useful images and links we find on the Internet (www.pinterest.com/MargotColour).

This broad overview of our activities makes clear that we definitely can be proud of the development and the progress Your Colourful Minhas managed to make!

But, of course, the successful steps we have made so far are just the beginning. 🙂
Now it is time to plan how we wish to go forward with our fabric painting activities.

It might be a good idea to create a second list which we can use as a guideline for future projects and discussion points.

Upcoming project series and learning areas:
  • Series: Fabric painting techniques

The focus so far has been on “dry” techniques and the direct application of thick fabric paint, e.g. stencilling, stamping and free-hand painting. Additionally, we have used fabric sprays and markers.

We now will have a look at further techniques, for example “wet” techniques such as the many ways of watercolouring.

The range of fabric painting techniques is actually limitless, we will enjoy experimenting with many of them.

  • Series: Fabric painting supplies

We also have to learn a lot about the equipment and the tools which are necessary to apply different techniques and to create different effects. It’s a precondition of the effective use of, for example, paintbrushes, spray bottles, stencilling tools, stamp production, that we know how to choose and to use them.

  • Series: Fabric painting suppliers

Usually, it’s not so easy to collect information on the different brands of fabric painting paints and supplies, and to find out how and where we can find and buy our equipment.

The idea is to compile – over time – a kind of directory of manufacturers and retailers, and online-suppliers.

  • Series: Learning effects from fabric painting projects

Often especially those projects that don’t go well, those where we do something wrong and end up with unexpected or dissatisfying results, are those that offer us the biggest learning opportunities and insights.

Therefore, we should share and discuss our failures and mistakes.

  • Series: Guest posts on fabric painting issues

Another option to make progress in skills development is to learn from experts.

We plan to invite experts such as experienced fiber artists and fabric surface designers to share their knowledge and tips with us in guest posts.

  • Series: Fabric painting design contributions

We, of course, will continue presenting your fabric painting project contributions.

By sending images of your recent work, you help other visitors at Your Colourful Mind to get inspired and find new design ideas.

  • Series: Fabric painting design ideas, and Fabric Colouring-in Design ideas

We intend to continually add fabric painting images to our Gallery and develop it into a permanently growing pool of project examples.

Thus, whenever we get stuck we will be able to find design ideas we can use for experimenting and learning.

  • Series: Background information on fabric painting

From time to time, we plan to offer some general information, e.g. on the history of fabric painting, or the use of fabric painting in different cultures, etc.

We will also collect information on new fabric painting publications or websites and other resources.

 

Do you have additional suggestions we should add to our list? Please, share your thoughts in the comments-form below or send your email to margot@your-colourful-mind.com.

And, if you haven’t done so, it might be a good idea to  SIGN UP TO RECEIVE NEW BLOG POSTS VIA EMAIL . That way you make sure that you don’t miss any new information or tips or project presentations.

I am looking forward to meeting you again, here, at Your Colourful Mind, the fabric painter’s meeting point,

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No 35 – Fabric painting resources – tutorials, websites, blogs and books

Dear visitors of Your Colourful Mind,

Where can we find useful information and helpful tips around fabric painting?

As we get more involved in fabric painting and colouring-in design projects, we typically become more curious and motivated to increase our knowledge.

Soon we realize how huge the amount of information and knowledge, of potential support and inspiration is, – especially on the Internet.

And widely spread! 🙁

It is not easy to get an overview, –

there is no worldwide directory of fabric painting knowledge and information sources!

Often we rather accidentally find interesting websites or books, and we might miss out a lot of useful resources because we don’t know about their existence or where to find them.

Let’s change this! Let’s compile

our treasure chest of fabric painting resources

which should contain, for example:

  • PDF-downloads of the templates we so far have used in our fabric colouring-in design projects
  • Links to useful websites, blogs and videos on the internet
  • Lists of interesting books and other publications on fabric painting
  • Links to adult colouring-in pages and webpages

We have to start from scratch and can only move forward step by step. Therefore, there isn’t much available right now (Have a look at our resources directory, click here) and there will not be much more available very soon.  🙂  🙁

But I am sure that we will grow our directory over time and develop it into a valuable asset for every fabric painter.

 

Please, contribute and add your favourite links and resources!

Send your contributions to our directory to margot@your-colourful-mind.com.

Thanks for sharing!

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No 2 – My (hi)story of fabric painting and how the name Your Colourful Mind came up

Dear visitor,

Welcome again, to the second post on Your Colourful Mind.

In my first post last week I announced to publish a new post every week. And now, just a few days later, I realize that this can be a tough job! A week can be very short! But I’ll make sure to keep it going!

Review of last week: Your Colourful Mind‘s first steps into the world of social media

Recently, I have spent some time with taking first steps into the “world of social media”.

My impression so far is that this could become a very interesting meeting arena for Your Colourful Mind, especially with regard to getting to know other fabric painters.

I believe it will be an exciting journey but I still have to learn a lot before I can move around confidently in this part of the digital world.

Very soon you are able to meet Your Colourful Mind on Facebook and Pinterest.

When, why, and how I started fabric painting

I am not a very creative person. And I never was interested in any handicraft activity.

Sometimes, I feel a bit envious of my sisters who all are kind of artists in producing nice and useful things with their hands. Two of my sisters are very good at knitting and sewing, one is great at drawing, and the fourth loves tinkering with different materials to create personal gifts.

When my husband and I moved from Germany to South Africa many years ago, I soon started missing my nieces and nephews. I couldn’t keep in contact via email or mail because, at that time, they were too young and couldn’t write. But they could paint.

And an idea came up how I could use their painting capability to help me feeling closer to them while I was living far away.

I bought seven (that’s the amount of nieces/nephews I had at that time) white shirts, some fabric paints and brushes, and asked all of them to paint something on one of the shirts for me.

The results were awesome! I loved all my unique and personally designed shirts and felt happy and related whenever I was wearing one of them.

Here is one of the shirts I still wear with pride. It was done by my at that time youngest niece: Emmi was two years old when she designed this:

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Some years later, the tactic no longer worked. My nieces and nephews had grown up a lot, they were “very cool” now and painting fabrics for a faraway auntie definitely was no longer cool. I felt rather disappointed first, but that’s life, and nowadays WhatsApp is the new tool to keep in contact with especially the younger family members.

But fact was that my source of uniquely designed clothes had run dry. And I like unique things – whether it is jewelry or fashion or shoes or other things -, I like to know about an item I wear/own that it is the only of its kind.

And that’s one of the reasons why I started fabric painting:

It allows us to be creative and at the same time to produce something that’s absolutely unique.

None of my designs is perfect, and often the final result differs frustratingly from the idea I originally had on my mind. But it’s all unique and therefore special to me.

The second reason why I began to paint on fabrics

has to do with the extremely relaxing effects of this activity. As soon as you sit down and get the paints and other equipment out, all feelings of stress disappear.

Focusing on your design idea helps to calm down, and it occupies the right half of the brain. This helps to feel more balanced especially if you are a logic- and number-focused person and usually rely on the left half of your brain.

How did the name Your Colourful Mind come up?

As soon as I had decided to develop a website/blog for the purpose of offering a meeting platform around fabric painting, I wanted to give it a name. A name with a meaning. A meaning related to why I find fabric painting so use-/helpful.

For me, the main characteristics of fabric painting are: it’s a relaxing activity and it enables creative mindfulness, resulting in unique designs.

Thus, Your Colourful Mind for me is not just a name. It is also used as a picture that summarizes the benefits of fabric painting by saying that it is bringing colour into your mind, colouring in your mind.

Planning next week

There are many different reasons why we need/wish to find a gift for someone else.

One of those reasons is coming closer speedily: for many of us, Christmas time is the season of the year that keeps us hurrying around in search of suitable presents for family members and friends. 🙂

Next week’s post (Post No 3) will be about the opportunity of using fabric painting to create individual gifts for the people we wish to surprise with something very personal.

Thanks for spending some time with Your Colourful Mind,

I am looking forward to meeting you here again,

Cheers,

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No 1 – Welcome to the new fabric painters’ meeting place

Dear visitor,

Welcome to this very first post on Your Colourful Mind!

It is also the first post I have ever written in my life and thus this is a quite exciting experience for me! It is a somehow strange feeling, sitting in front of an empty piece of paper, nervously searching and waiting for the first words and sentences to come out of my mind.

But that’s o.k., starting from scratch is never easy,  and it always needs a first bold step to get going off.

Writing this first post is my first step, – the journey of Your Colourful Mind starts now!

This website has one main focus: fabric painting.

In WHY I AM HERE I explain how the idea to establish a meeting point around fabric painting came up, and in THE IDEA BEHIND YOUR COLOURFUL MIND I summarize the motivation behind it:

The idea is to develop one central location for fabric painters
  • where we can meet and get to know each other,
  • where information and motivation can be found,
  • where techniques and materials can be discussed,
  • and where personal experiences and skills can be shared.

Thus, as I emphasize in LET’S COME TOGETHER, the website actually is not just about fabric painting. It is also not just about fabric painting and me. It is about fabric painting and you and me.

“Blogging isn’t just about publishing. It’s about sharing, community, and connecting.”
(Source: The Editors, WordPress.com, (2014), Grow Your Traffic, Build Your Blog,The Daily Post)

After having done the first step today, I am now looking forward to taking the next steps necessary to keep the site alive.

Its future, nevertheless, depends on whether I will be successful in motivating you to get on board.

Get engaged with Your Colourful Mind!

During the following weeks I will try to make sure that you can rely on finding interesting information related to fabric painting every time you visit Your Colourful Mind.

Every week you come along, you should be able to find something you can think about, you can look at, you can talk about, – ideally something you can take along when you move on.

Over time, you will, hopefully, feel more and more comfortable at this new fabric painters’ meeting place, and, if everything goes well, you will become more and more involved in the project.

What’s the plan for the next weeks?

I plan to publish at least one post every week.

These are some of the issues I wish to arrange the coming posts around:

  • Sharing experiences and images of fabric painting design projects
    Although I am definitely no expert in fabric painting, I do have some years of experience in colouring my t-shirts and other clothes.I will share images of what I have done so far and report on the different techniques I have used. It would be great if I could soon also present some of your ideas and finished designs.
  • The relaxing effects of fabric painting
    Fabric painting has positive effects on my mind, somehow it makes it more colourful :). I feel relaxed and can easier put any feeling of stress aside as soon as I sit down and start thinking about my next painting idea. Based on that personal experience, I am interested in doing some research on the relaxing effects of fabric painting and to write about my findings. It will also be very interesting to hear about your experiences in this regard.
  • Adult colouring books – Similarities and differences to fabric painting
    The advantages of stress reduction and increased relaxation are, of course, not restricted to fabric painting. The sale of adult colouring books has become successful in Australia as in many other countries. Many of the followers of this new trend say that they use colouring books as an easy way to clear their mind and relax. I plan to find out more about the colouring books trend and will try to compare its pros and cons with those of fabric painting.
  • The history of fabric painting
    The history of fabric painting is another issue I am interested in. I don’t know whether it will be difficult to learn about how fabric painting developed over time and in different cultures, but I will give it a try to find some facts and stories about it.
  • Opinion and knowledge exchange with other bloggers
    During my searching on the internet I didn’t find a website which focuses on fabric painting (that’s why I decided to launch this site) but I found many blogs from very creative people. And some of them from time to time do some painting on fabrics and they write about it in their posts or produce how-to-do videos. I intend to contact these creative minds and will ask them to contribute some knowledge and info to Your Colourful Mind.
  • My learning journey in the world of social media
    Currently, I don’t feel very much at home on social media pages such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. But I know that Your Colourful Minwill become an active participant in any social circle that offers the opportunity to get to know fabric painting activists and prospects. I will share the learning process in the social media arena on the blog. And hope that you will support me with advice and criticism.

Some weeks from now, I (we) will know  which of these post ideas worked out well and which came out not so nicely. And, hopefully, I will have some feedback from you, and some suggestions and ideas the blog should work around.

The next – the second! – post (Post No 2) at the end of next week will tell you my personal fabric painting story: when, why, and how I started to use painting on fabrics to colour in my mind. And I will explain why I named this website Your Colourful Mind.

Hope to see you next week,
and wish you a good time,

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