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Both adult colouring books and fabric painting offer relaxation but painting on fabric is more creative and productive

No 47 – Instead of adult colouring books – Fabric Colouring-in Design – Discussion and evaluation

Yes, Fabric Colouring-in Design is more creative and productive than Adult Colouring-in Books!  

Although, yes, it might be a bit easier to start working with/in colouring books. 🙂

 

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

Today, we finish our excursion into the field of fabric colouring-in design, with a brief discussion and evaluation of the experiences and findings we made along the way.

Some weeks ago (24 March 16, see post No 30), we suggested the introduction of a “new” relaxation method: “Fabric Colouring-in Design”.

 

Fabric Colouring-in Design is a special fabric painting discipline

which focuses on the creation of designs on items of fabric or apparel by

  • first drawing/painting patterns or illustrations on the fabric, and
  • then colouring them in.

 

Fabric Colouring-in Design intends to offer an attractive alternative to Adult colouring-in Books.

The idea to define a new orientation within the field of fabric painting was based on our discussion of the pros and cons of fabric painting and adult colouring books.

Adult colouring books are so popular

because many stressed people value colouring-in as

  • a kind of therapy. – It helps to reduce stress and anxiety levels. And it seems to be especially well-suited to people who struggle to benefit from traditional relaxation methods such as deep breathing or meditation.
  • an opportunity to reduce the hectic of our digitalised lives. – By getting us away from constant multitasking and requiring concentration and focus it increases our mindfulness.
  • a tool to develop our creativity. – It allows us to unleash our creative impulses even if we are not naturally good at art. We also don’t need a special qualification or artistic training to start colouring-in.
  • a practical hands-on activity. – It offers us a sense of satisfaction from creating something with our hands and which we can see and touch.

 

Fans of colouring-in describe the activity as fun and playful, as something that takes you back to a childlike state. It is easy to pick up crayons and not difficult to fill in the lines. (And if you veer outside the lines, it’s no disaster.)

Although the discussion about the beneficial effects of colouring-in among psychologist, therapists and other experts is controversial, without final and shared insights,

there is general agreement that colouring-in is a relaxing activity.

 

Fabric Colouring-in design is very relaxing, too, and it is more creative and productive than Adult Colouring-in Books.

The objective of Fabric Colouring-in Design is

  • to combine the relaxing effects of colouring-in
  • with the creative and productive effects of fabric painting projects.

The different steps of fabric colouring-in, compared to colouring-in books:

table

 

Which of the two colouring activities is “better”?

Fabric Colouring-in Design

of course, is not “superior” to Adult Colouring-in Books. But it might be the preferred choice

  • if we wish to design and produce something unique and
  • if we are prepared to arrange the necessary working space and fabric painting equipment.
  • => If our intention is to
Relax creatively and productively (with colouring-in on fabric).

 

Adult Colouring Books,

on the other hand, are the better choice

  • if we don’t have much space and can’t assign a working area to our colouring work, or
  • if we wish to be completely flexible and work at different places.(Books and pens can easily be carried around and been used in different surroundings: at home, or on the bus, or in a cafe shop.)
  • => If we wish to
Relax flexibly and easily (with colouring-in on paper)

 

Different ways to realize design ideas on fabric

As soon as we have decided to focus on Fabric Colouring-in Design projects, we have a huge range of different techniques and tools which we can use to create the design on the fabric.

We have worked with these options so far:

  • Using templates for tracing patterns/illustrations onto the fabric (post No 33)
fabric painting - mandala traced on t-shirt
post 33 – examples 2 – mandala no 3 traced from adult colouring book onto t-shirt with fabric marker
  • Using stencils for transferring patterns/illustrations onto the fabric (post No 34)
fabric painting - stencilling pattern onto t-shirt
post 34 – idea no 3 – patterns stencilled with textile markers on t-shirt
  • Using stamps for creating patterns/illustrations on the fabric (post No 36)
fabric painting - stamping on tote bag
post 36 – fabric colouring-in design No 4 – stamping patterns on tote bag
  • Using templates for developing ideas for free-hand drawings of pattern/illustrations (post No 38)
fabric painting - free-hand design on tea-towel
post 38 – colouring-in tea-towel – with paint brush and acrylic paints

 

Fabric Colouring-in Design as a new (or at least special) way to practice fabric painting will remain important to us, we will continue to discover and discuss suitable ways to create colouring designs on fabric.

But we also plan to learn more about and to experiment with other fabric painting techniques (those which don’t focus on creating a design on fabric which can be coloured-in).

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Next time, we will give an overview of all newly upcoming series of projects and of all topics we wish to discuss and learn about.

Have a good time,

signature - Margot

 

 

No 46 – Instead of adult colouring books – Fabric Colouring-in Design – Idea No 10 – freehand drawing

Is freehand drawing/painting the supreme fabric painting discipline? 

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

We recently (see post No 44) finished our sequence of projects in which we used geometric patterns to get started with freehand drawings.

We saw that creating freehand drawings with the help of geometric shapes such as circles (post No 41 and No 42), triangles (post No 43) and squares (post No 44) offers a lot of fun and produces colourful and unique designs on fabric items.

Using geometric shapes can also help us to overcome our fear of not being creative or artistic enough because the focus on a special shape or pattern gives us guidance and support.

Is it now time to work without such kinds of guidance and support? And should we now be able to create freehand designs without using any tools such as stencils, stamps, tape, rulers, etc.? And if we could, do we have to do so? And if we did so, – would that be a superior way of fabric painting?

Coming back to the question I brought up in post No 41:

Is freehand drawing/painting on fabric the supreme creative discipline in the field of fabric painting and fabric colouring-in design?

Some time ago, my answer would have been: Yes, freehand drawing offers the greatest freedom in design creation and demands higher levels of creativity, thus it is superior to other fabric painting techniques.

I am not so sure any longer.

Having gone through all these many and different fabric painting design projects, my feeling is now that there is no “superior” technique, none which could be rated as being more creative or artistic than others.

I believe that there are many different ways to enjoy and realize creative freedom, for example

  • when we decide to use special tools such as stencils (self-made or purchased),
  • or when we create our own stamps,
  • or when we experiment with different combinations of techniques and tools in one project,
  • or when – after having finished a design –  we then decide to set a completely new accent by spraying it all over,
  • or when we trace patterns from a book and then give them a new look by adding shapes or colours,
  • or, or, or, … .

Perhaps, we should postpone searching for a clear answer to that question and instead have a look at

Further examples of freehand drawing and painting on fabric
Today: No special patterns or shape – just do what comes onto you mind 🙂
fabric painting - t-shirt - freehand painting - paintbrush and fabric paints
post 46 – fabric painting – t-shirt long sleeve – freehand painting – black drawing and writing on reddish background – with paintbrush and fabric paints
fabric painting - t-shirt - freehand painting - two dogs
post 46 – fabric painting – t-shirt short sleeve – freehand painting – two dogs within coloured background – with paintbrush and fabric paints
fabric painting - t-shirt - freehand painting - dancing little man
post 46 – fabric painting – t-shirt short sleeve – freehand painting – dancing little man – with paintbrush on sprayed and stencilled background
fabric painting - t-shirt - freehand painting - cartoon style
post 46 – fabric painting – t-shirt – freehand painting – little cartoon characters – with fabric marker, coloured-in with fabric paints

 

 

So, – what do YOU think?

Is it superior to work in a completely freehand way? Is it less “artistic” or less “creative” if we use tools such as stencils and stamps? If we work with rulers and tape? If we trace patterns and illustrations instead of drawing our own?

As I am not able to find a final answer for myself, I am really curious to learn about your thoughts. Please, fill in the comments-form below or send your email to: margot@your-colourful-mind.com.

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Next time, we will finish our excursion into the field of fabric colouring-in design, with a brief discussion and evaluation of the experiences and findings we made along the way.

I wish you a good time,

signature - Margot

 

No 44 – Instead of adult colouring books – Fabric Colouring-in Design – Idea No 9 – freehand drawing – geometric patterns: squares

No, geometric patterns don’t have to be boring!

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

Creating freehand drawings “with the help of geometric shapes” might not sound very exciting, but it actually offers a lot of easiness and fun!

So far, we have used circles (see posts No 41 and No 42) and triangles (post No 43) to demonstrate

How geometric patterns can help us to get started with freehand drawing and painting on fabric.

Today’s project examples again support our view that using geometric patterns not only gives us an easy start by offering first design ideas:

Using geometric shapes also helps us to overcome our fear of not being good enough, or of not really being creative/artistic.

The decision to focus on just one kind of geometric patterns reduces uncertainties and fear because it gives our creativeness a frame, and guidance.

Playing around with one chosen geometric pattern,

  • drawing it in different sizes, styles and shapes,
  • arranging it more or less spontaneously in different ways,
  • and then colouring it in the way WE like it,

helps us to develop unique and colourful designs, and, by doing so, to experience how successfully creative we actually are.

The positive experience strengthens confidence and trust in our abilities!

 

Today, we focus on another geometric shape, – the square.

Further examples of freehand drawing and painting on fabric

Today: Geometric patterns – squares
fabric painting - t-shirt - geometric patterns - squares
post 44 – fabric painting – t-shirt – geometric patterns – squares – drawn free-handed with textile marker, coloured-in with paintbrush and fabric paint
fabric painting - t-shirt - geometric patterns - squares
post 44 – fabric painting – t-shirt – geometric patterns – squares – drawn free-handed with textile marker and ruler, coloured-in with textile markers
fabric painting - t-shirt - squares black and blue
post 44 – fabric painting – t-shirt – geometric patterns – squares – black and blue – drawn free-handed with textile marker, coloured-in with paintbrush and fabric paint

 

Next time (Post No 46) we will see that

the permanently increasing confidence in our abilities lets us experiment with more courage, – which means with even more creativity.

Would you like to share your experiences and insights?

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No 43 – Instead of adult colouring books – Fabric Colouring-in Design – Idea No 8 – freehand drawing – geometric patterns: triangles

Starting freehand drawing/painting on fabric is easy, isn’t it?

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

In post No 39 we saw how Andy draw freehand a great geometric design on his t-shirt, just using a textile marker and a ruler.

And in posts No 41 and 42 we presented several examples of fabric painting projects in which circles and semicircles had been used to realize freehand drawings of geometric patterns on fabric.

So, yes, we know now that

Using geometric patterns in our fabric colouring design projects can help making freehand drawing easy and successful.

Today we focus on another geometric shape:

Further examples of freehand drawing and painting on fabric

Today: Geometric patterns – Triangles

 

fabric painting - t-shirt - black and red triangles
post 43 – fabric painting – t-shirt – geometric patterns – black and red triangles drawn free-handed with textile marker, coloured-in with fabric paint and paint brushes
fabric painting - jeans shirt - with triangles -
Post 43 – fabric painting – jeans shirt – geometric patterns – green and yellow triangles drawn free-handed with textile marker, coloured-in with fabric paint and paint brushes
fabric painting - t-shirt - pink triangles
post 43 – fabric painting – t-shirt – geometric patterns – pink triangles drawn free-handed with textile marker, coloured-in with fabric paint and paint brushes

 

Next time (Post No 44) we will finish the sequence of projects which focuses on geometric patterns with the intention to make starting freehand drawing easy. We will show how square shapes can help us to develop and realize designs on fabric.

What are your experiences with freehand drawing and painting? Have you used geometric patterns already? Did it help to create nice designs?

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No 42 – Instead of adult colouring books – Fabric Colouring-in Design – Idea No 7 – freehand drawing – geometric patterns: semi-circles

Freehand drawing on fabric – Too difficult if you feel you have no artistic talent?

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

NO!, – that’s our immediate answer! Because we now know:

You don’t have to be an artist to make successfully use of the creative freedom of freehand drawing and painting on fabric.

This is definitely true, – at least if you don’t intend to create masterpieces, and if you instead wish to enjoy your fabric painting activities by creating unique designs. 🙂

Yes, freehand drawing means working “without safety net” – without supporting tools such as stencils or stamps. But nobody forces us to begin with drawings of sophisticated or extremely detailed illustrations or other difficult designs.

Starting with freehand drawing on fabric is especially easy if we use geometric shapes to create the patterns of our designs.

Last time (see post No 41) we presented images of fabric painting projects in which circles had been used to create the freehand drawings.

Today, we continue working with circles and similar shapes:

Further examples of freehand drawings in fabric painting projects

Today: Geometric patterns – Semi-Circles and other “roundish” shapes

 

fabric painting - t-shirt - semi-circles
post 42 – fabric painting – t-shirt -geometric patterns – pink semi-circles drawn free-handed with textile marker, coloured-in with fabric paint and paint brushes
fabric painting - t-shirt - semi-circle around the neck
post 42 – fabric painting – t-shirt -geometric patterns – blue semi-circle rows drawn free-handed with textile marker, coloured-in with fabric paint and paint brushes
fabric painting - t-shirt - round shapes free-handed
post 42 – fabric painting – t-shirt -geometric patterns – round shapes drawn free-handed with textile marker, coloured-in with fabric paint and paint brushes
fabric painting - t-shirt - roundish shapes
post 42 – fabric painting – t-shirt -geometric patterns – black and grey roundish shapes drawn free-handed with textile marker, coloured-in with fabric paint and paint brushes

If you sit in front of a blank piece of fabric, a design theme can help to get started.

Some of the design-patterns shown above are actually not very geometric 🙂.

The idea behind the “geometric approach” is just to use special shapes to get inspired, – in this case circles and other roundish shapes.

The next posts will continue with our series of freehand-drawing project presentations.

We will also continue to focus on geometric patterns. Next time we will work with triangles (Post No 43), and in another post we will rely on squares (Post No 44) as design base.

I wish you much fun with your fabric painting and colouring-in projects!

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No 41 – Instead of adult colouring books – Fabric Colouring-in Design – Idea No 6 – freehand drawing – geometric patterns: circles

Freehand drawing on fabric – the supreme discipline of Fabric Colouring-in Design?!

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

Slowly but surely, :),  we are approaching the end of our series of projects that are related to the relaxation method

Fabric Colouring-in Design.

Fabric Colouring-in Design combines the positive features of adult colouring books and fabric painting:

  • the flexibility and easiness of colouring books
  • with the higher creativity levels of fabric painting.
Different techniques of Fabric Colouring-in Design

have been discussed already:

  • using templates to trace designs (see post No 33)
  • and using stencils (see post No 34)
  • or stamps (see post No 36) to transfer patterns,
  • and using adult colouring books as “idea suppliers” for our designs (see post No 38).

Freehand drawing on fabric – enjoyable opportunity or demanding challenge?

Today and with the help of the next posts I will try to prove that

  • freehand drawing and painting of patterns and illustrations on fabric,
  • without using any supporting tools such as stencils, stamps or templates,
  • offers the highest amount of freedom in design creation
  • and allows us to realize and enjoy our very personal and individual style of creativity.

The creative freedom of freehand drawing presents for many of us a very welcomed opportunity because it allows us to do whatever we wish to do.

But, if we don’t feel confident about our creative and artistic abilities, freehand drawing can also be experienced as an uncomfortable challenge: Where and how shall we start? What shall we draw or paint?

Focusing on geometric patterns gives us an easy start with freehand drawing.

We can apply our knowledge of and our experience with geometric shapes, which gives us a kind of a guideline.

As we learnt from Andy’s project contribution (see post No 39), creating geometric patterns is not difficult and helps us to build confidence.

Examples of freehand drawing in fabric painting projects

Today: Geometric patterns – Circles

 

t-shirt - fabric painting design
Fabric painting – post 5 and post 41 – t-shirt – circles drawn with textile marker – painted with brushes, thick paint – then sprayed
fabric painting – t-shirt - dot painting – freehand circle
fabric painting – post 26 and post 41 – t-shirt – learning from aboriginal artists – dot painting – freehand circles creating a bigger circle, then sprayed
fabric painting - t-shirt - circles
post 41 – fabric painting – t-shirt – geometric patterns – circles – barely outlined with marker – coloured with fabric paint and paint brush
fabric painting - t-shirt - circle spider web
post 41 – fabric painting – t-shirt – geometric patterns – circles – spider web form – drawn with textile marker, coloured with fabric paint and paint brush

 

fabric painting - t-shirt - circle
post 41 – fabric painting – t-shirt – geometric patterns – circle filled with geometric shapes – drawn with textile marker, coloured with fabric paint and paint brush

 

When will you now start your own freehand fabric painting projects? 🙂

Hopefully, the examples above inspire you, foster your creativity, and motivate you to create your own fabric painting and colouring designs on t-shirts or other fabric items.

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Next time,  and in the two or three following posts (Posts No 42, No 43, No 44), we will continue with some more examples of freehand drawing projects focusing on geometric patterns. We will work with semicircles, triangles and squares.

I wish you much fun with your fabric painting and colouring-in projects!

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