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Dear friends of Your ColourfulMind,
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 stampingis 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!
Fabric Colouring-in Design Projects presents example results of our new special fabric painting technique: first different techniques are used to create patterns and other designs on the fabric which then are coloured in.
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 experimentswith 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 ColourfulMind is 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:
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 ColourfulMind has 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
This broad overview of our activities makes clear that we definitely can be proud of the development and the progress Your ColourfulMind has 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 ColourfulMind 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Welcome again, to the second post on Your ColourfulMind.
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 ColourfulMind‘sfirst 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 ColourfulMind, 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.
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:
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 ColourfulMind 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 tocreate individual gifts for the people we wish to surprise with something very personal.
Thanks for spending some time with Your ColourfulMind,
Welcome to this very first post on Your ColourfulMind!
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 ColourfulMind starts now!
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 ColourfulMind!
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 ColourfulMind.
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 ColourfulMind.
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 ColourfulMind will 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 ColourfulMind.
Hope to see you next week,
and wish you a good time,