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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 89: New fabric-painting book series – ‘free book’ promotion for a limited time

Relax creatively by painting on fabric:

A new guide-book series has been launched! ‘Free book’ promotion for a limited time: order your FREE copy now!

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

I’m excited to announce I’ve published the first book in my new series entitled Relax creatively – Fabric painting – Your fast & easy guides!

You’re the first!

You, who read and subscribe to my blog, were the first to learn about my ‘fabric-painting book series’ project.

  • You already know the project’s background and why I’m now both a fabric-painting blogger and the author of a book series. (Post No 85)
  • And you already have an idea of how I’ve structured the guide book series. (Post No 83)

Today, I’m very happy for you to be the first to hear about the launch of the first book in the series: Your fast & easy guide Number 1: The basics.

cover book 1 - the basics - fabric painting
cover book 1 – the basics – fabric painting
Now it’s your turn to make sure you’re first again:
  • If you’re fast enough :), you’ll be one of the first people to read the book!
  • And if you move really quickly, you’ll be able to read it for free!

Where can you order the book?

I’m publishing my fabric-painting guide-book series on Amazon, so you can go to that site to order the first book, The Basics.

To get to the book’s page on Amazon, click on the link http://viewBook.at/FabricPainting-No1, or just search for ‘margot krekeler’ on Amazon.

The e-book version is free of charge for only a limited time!
You get 100 per cent off 🙂 if you order the book
  • between 5 a.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, 16 March
  • and 11 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, 20 March.

To order the book, you’ll need to have an Amazon account, and to download and read the book, you’ll be able to use the free Kindle reading app.

If you don’t already have the free Kindle reading app, you’ll be able to download it easily from the Amazon website as follows:

  • Go to my book’s page, http://viewBook.at/FabricPainting-No1.
  • To download the app to your device, click on the link ‘Available on these devices‘ under the description of the book.
  • Alternatively, go to the Amazon site and find the free Kindle reading apps under ‘Departments / Kindle eReaders & eBooks / Free reading apps’.

Then order and read the book – free of charge!

Where can you read the book?

You can read it wherever you happen to be.

You are of course free to read the print version wherever you want to.

However, you can work with the e-book version flexibly by easily reading it on your mobile phone or your tablet or PC, using one of the free Amazon Kindle reading apps.

I used the special e-book format Print Replica to publish the e-book so you could use your mobile phone to have an especially pleasant reading experience: conveniently read the text and have a look at the many images without continuously having to zoom in and out!

So, next time you’re commuting on the train or waiting at the doctor’s, you’ll have no reason to feel bored or waste your time: all you’ll have to do is start reading my first guide, The Basics, and get inspired to take up your first or next fabric-painting project! 🙂

How can you give feedback about the book?

As a very new author who’s publishing on Amazon, I’m very grateful for any and all feedback my readers send my way.

If you enjoyed reading the book and found it useful, would you consider posting a short review on Amazon?

To submit a review:

  • go to the page that features the book description: http://viewBook.at/FabricPainting-No1
  • click on ‘Write a customer review’, in the Customer Review section at the bottom of the page
  • write your review
  • click on ‘Submit’.

I really will find your support invaluable – I consider all my reader reviews and feedback so I can continually improve the book.

Thank you very much!

Margot

No 85 – Fabric painting tutorial – For free! – An exclusive offer to the subscribers of this blog

New fabric painting book series – to be published soon!

Get an early ‘look insight’ for free:

A step-by-step tutorial: Relax with fabric stamping

Dear subscribers and readers of Your Colourful Mind,

Recently (see post No 83) I informed you about a new series of fabric painting guide books which will be available very soon.

I also described the structure of the series and gave a short summary of the content of the books.

Today I wish to give you some information on the background of the book-publishing project

Why I became a fabric painter

I discovered fabric painting some years ago, when I had a very hectic and demanding job and needed a new and creative way to relax and recover from the stress.

My timely discovery of fabric painting was the start of an enduring fascination with it.

Ever since, I‘ve been using the various fabric-painting techniques to create colourful designs on my clothes and household accessories.

Whenever I’m engaged in this easy-to-do activity, I’m simultaneously creating, relaxing and producing, and enjoying myself immensely.

Why I became a fabric-painting blogger

Having experienced the many pleasures of fabric painting, I can assert that anyone can start practicing and enjoying it immediately.

That’s why I launched the website Your Colourful Mind about a year ago: to help other people active or interested in fabric painting to easily meet and support each other and to share information, knowledge and experiences.

You, the visitors and readers of Your Colourful Mind have made the website/blog a success.

Many of you come around from time to time, again and again. And some of you, the subscribers of the blog, regularly read the posts and make use of the information and fabric painting project ideas they offer.

I thank you very much for your interest and engagement!

And I am, of course, especially grateful to those of you who share their ideas, suggestions and experiences via email with me.

Why I’m now a fabric-painting blogger and book writer

Thanks to your feedback I know that the blog posts usually manage to offer interesting design ideas and useful tips to the more experienced fabric painter.

However, the blog posts are not so helpful to those of you who haven’t started yet.

Very often, I get asked how and where the absolute beginner can find structured guidance and support enabling him (her) to get easy access into fabric painting and the different techniques.

So far, I couldn’t give an answer to this kind of questions.

I’m struggling, too, to find a single source of information which focuses exclusively and comprehensively on fabric painting.

That’s why I decided to start writing a series of guide books on fabric painting.

The series addresses the needs and interests of fabric painting beginners;

those people

  • who want to get a fast and easy access to the basics and main techniques of painting on fabric;
  • who don’t wish to become world-known artists, but to start with an exciting activity which helps them to relax creatively.

Currently, I am having a lot of fun transferring the fabric-painting experiences and expertise I gained from my personal projects to this series of guide books, which I hope many other people find helpful in becoming fascinated and relaxed fabric painters too.

When will the first books of the series be available?

Your fast and easy guide number 1, The basics, is being edited currently and will be published in March 2013.

Your fast & easy guide number 2, Stamping, is nearly finished and will be published soon after guide number 1.

I’ll be publishing guide number 3, Stencilling, later this year, and following it with guide number 4, Freehand painting, and guide number 5, Fabric colouring in.

Special offer to the subscribers of this blog

I’ll publish the fabric painting guide books on Amazon.

As soon as a book is published on Amazon, any interested person can use the ‘Look insight’ to get an idea of the content and characteristics of a new book.

However, you, the subscribers of my blog, have the opportunity to get an early ‘Look insight’ into guide number 2, Stamping, now!

Just send me an email (margot@your-colourful-mind.com) if you are interested in getting the step-by-step instructions for a fabric stamping project.

I promise that you’ll receive the little tutorial (pdf-file) within the following next three days. For free!

Cheers,

Margot

No 83 – Announcement – New series of fabric painting books (not only) for beginners

Relax creatively – Fabric painting – Your fast & easy guides. 

Easy to read on mobile phones, tablets and similar devices!

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

Most of you, the readers and subscribers of Your Colourful Mind’s blog, are experienced fabric painters already.

You know how to paint on fabric and use the posts to get ideas and inspirations for new fabric painting projects.

You also know how relaxing and creative fabric painting is. And how much fun!

However, many people don’t know much about fabric painting and the benefits it offers.

Or they have no idea how to get started.

Fabric painting beginners struggle to get a fast and easy start.

Searching for books on fabric painting

Of course, there are books on the market which are related to fabric painting.

But many of them address only the experienced fabric painter or fabric surface designer and don’t meet the needs and interests of fabric painting beginners.

Several books can be found which explain special painting techniques such as stencilling.

However, often the instructions explain the technique’s application in general, and don’t teach you about the specialties of the application on fabric and apparel items.

Searching for information on fabric painting on the Internet

It is also not easy and very time-consuming to find detailed and reliable information on the internet.

There is no single source of information which focuses exclusively and comprehensively on fabric painting.

That’s what the book series intends to change.

 

Who is the target audience of the guide books?

The series addresses the needs and interests of fabric painting beginners;

those people

  • who want to get a fast and easy access to the basics and main techniques of painting on fabric;
  • who don’t wish to become world-known artists, but to start with an exciting activity which helps them to relax creatively.

How is the series “Fabric Painting – Your fast & easy guide(s)” structured?

The guide number 1, The basics, is all you need to get started.

It offers a comprehensive collection of immediately usable knowledge about painting on fabrics, including information on:

  • the kind of fabric items you can paint on,
  • the types of available paints, and their main characteristics,
  • the basic equipment, materials and tools,
  • the design idea development process,
  • different fabric painting techniques, such as stamping, stencilling, freehand painting and fabric colouring-in.

The following guides then help you to move on.

Each of the following books concentrates on just one fabric painting technique which allows you to bring your theoretical and practical skills to a higher level.

Leading step-by-step through the different projects, the guides help you to experience and to apply each technique in various ways.

Many photographs and images are included to make every step easy to understand and to follow.

WHEN will the books of the series be published?

Fabric painting - Your easy and fast guide number 1 - The basics
post 83 – Fabric painting – Your easy and fast guide number 1 – The basics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your fast and easy guide number 1, The basics, is being edited currently and will be published in March 2017.

Fabric painting - Your fast and easy guide number 2 - Stamping

post 83 – Fabric painting – Your fast and easy guide number 2 – Stamping

 

Your fast & easy guide number 2, Stamping, is nearly finished and will be published soon after guide number 1.

I’ll be publishing guide number 3, Stencilling, later this year, and following it with guide number 4, Freehand painting, and guide number 5, Fabric colouring in.

WHERE will the guide books be published?

The books will be published on Amazon.

In the beginning, they will be available as EBooks, easily accessible and downloadable using the Kindle-App (which is available for free).

You’ll be able to read the books wherever you are!

A special formatting software has been used to make the reading experience on mobile phones and similar devices especially pleasant; you’ll NOT have to zoom in and out all the time! 🙂

It is also planned to offer printed versions of the books soon after they have been published as EBooks.

The easiest way to receive information about the publication dates

and other book-related news is to subscribe to Your Colourful Mind‘s blog. Just click here.

Cheers,

Margot

No 82 – Fabric Painting – How to pep up your clothes

Bring a fresh injection to your wardrobe!

Add some colour or pattern to unloved or boring clothes

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

Before we start a new activity, we usually consider the money, time and effort we’ll have to invest and the value and benefits we expect to get.

I am sure, you asked yourself these questions, too, before you made the decision to get into fabric painting.

Using fabric paints to pep up old clothes

The good thing about fabric painting is, that we can use the fabric painting supplies and tools not only for the creation of something completely new.

Besides designing new apparels or decorative household items, we can use our paints and other equipment to work on old clothes and give them a changed and fresh outlook.

Using fabric spray to give fabric items a brighter or more colourful look

is one of the embellishment opportunities of fabric painting we have already discussed.

We used it

  • to refurbish old deck chairs (see Post No. 63),
  • to change the colour of our clothes (Post No. 25)
  • to give our not so successful fabric painting designs a completely new look (Post No. 11)
Using paint brush and fabric paints to inject new life into old clothes

Taking out a paint brush and some fabric paints is a good idea if we wish to hide stains on our favoured clothes or to pep up unloved fabric items. (Have a look at some examples in Post No. 12.)

The following two projects both helped to make something look better:

Project 1 – Using self-made stamps to hide stains on a T-shirt

I recently created a stamp and used it not only to decorate new T-shirts but also to make an old one nice again.

The stamp was composed of hair elastics which I attached to a wooden block.

fabric painting - preparing a composed stamp - hair elastics around wooden block
fabric painting – preparing a composed stamp – hair elastics around wooden block

I used this stamp to hide stains on a Polo-Shirt.

The stamp was loaded with paint by rubbing it in the paint which I had distributed on the palette with a brayer roller.

fabric painting - printing with self-made composed stamp - hair elastics around wood block
fabric painting – printing with self-made composed stamp – hair elastics around wood block

When I had finished the printing, the stains on the shirt were no longer visible!

post82- fabric painting - printing with self-made composed stamp on T-shirt - 99
post82- fabric painting – printing with self-made composed stamp on T-shirt – 99

 

Project 2 – Using metallic bright paint to pep up an old jacket

My running jacket is black. At least, it WAS black. And dark. And boring.

As I didn’t like to wear it any longer but also didn’t want to throw it away, I had to do something about it.

I decided to give it a fresh look with the help of some fabric painting.

It was not as easy as I had thought.

I first used a fabric paint which claimed to be suitable to be used on dark fabric.

fabric painting - unsuccessful painting project - the fabric paint is not suitable for dark fabric
fabric painting – unsuccessful painting project – the fabric paint is not suitable for dark fabric

It couldn’t keep to its promise, – after all my painting effort, there was nothing to see on the jacket.

fabric painting - the painting on a dark jacket is not successful
fabric painting – the painting on a dark jacket is not successful

However, I didn’t give up and tried it again with another paint.

fabric painting - metallic bright fabric paint works well on dark fabric
fabric painting – metallic bright fabric paint works well on dark fabric

This is the result and I am happy with it, I started to wear my running jacket again whenever it’s cold in the morning.

post82 - fabric painting - dark running jacket pepped up - 100
post82 – fabric painting – dark running jacket pepped up – 100

 

Have you used your fabric paints to change the look of old clothes? Did everything work according to you plans?

Please, share images of you work with us! (Send them to margot@your-colourful-mind.com).

 

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Cheers,

Margot

No 78 – Happy New Year wishes from Your Colourful Mind, the fabric painting hot spot

Wishing you a joyous and colourful new year!

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

this is the last and shortest post of the year 2016.

I’ll just show you how I created my ‘Happy New Year’ T-shirt:

‘Happy New Year’ fabric painting project

Recently, I had carved all the letters of the alphabet from rubber blocks.

The prints of the letters are not very strong-coloured, thus I decided to give them round backgrounds.

These are the stamps I used in this project:

fabric painting - self-craved stamps for Happy New Year printing
fabric painting – self-craved stamps for Happy New Year printing

First, I stamped the background circles:

fabric stamping - halves of round stamps as background prints
fabric stamping – halves of round stamps as background prints

And then I used the letters to print the new year wishes:

fabric stamping - printing with self-carved letters on t-shirt
fabric stamping – printing with self-carved letters on t-shirt

This was the result:

fabric stamping on t-shirt - New year wishes
fabric stamping on t-shirt – New year wishes

To be honest, I was not very proud and happy about the results:

  • I worked too quickly and didn’t prepare the printing properly: I didn’t make sure that the prints were arranged in the middle of the T-shirt.
  • The T-shirt also looked a bit pale. I wanted to wear it at new year’s eve, but for that occasion it definitely wasn’t colourful enough.

So, I thought about how I could improve the results.

As I couldn’t do anything about the first point, I concentrated on the second.

The plan was, to use fabric colour sprays to add some additional colour.

So I had to prepare the T-Shirt for the spraying process:

fabric painting - preparing the t-shirt for the fabric spraying process
fabric painting – preparing the t-shirt for the fabric spraying process

This is the final result:

post 78 - fabric painting - Happy New Year wishes printed on t-shirt - 95
post 78 – fabric painting – Happy New Year wishes printed on t-shirt – 95

It’s still not a master piece but at least it’s more colourful now. 🙂

May the New Year bring you more success in your fabric painting projects, 
but also, and that’s much more important,

Health, Piece and Happiness!

 

Wish you all the best,

Margot