Another fabric painting project contribution, offering huge learning effects
Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,
I am happy today to present another contribution from YOUR side, – from the visitors of Your Colourful Mind. 🙂
It’s a very nice piece of work from Christine, – thanks a lot for sharing it with us, Christine!
Christine is an artist with lots of experience in the areas of embroidery and fabric painting. (Visit www.facebook.com/Willowmoon.Cottage.Crafts)
She started with free motion embroidery and then discovered the nice effects of combining painting and free motion embroidery on different fabric items.
I especially like Christine’s “quirky” seagulls!
First, Christine draws and paints on pieces of fabric, …
… then she takes them and creates nice and usable fabric items such as these purses.
- post 32 – contribution Christine – fabric painting – free-hand design – erasable marker, thick fabric paint, brushes
When I asked her about the background of her work and especially the seagull project,
Christine sent such a positive, inspiring and instructive email
that I wish to share it with you.
Christine writes (29.03.16), “Hi Margot,
… . The Seagulls were I think inspired by my Dad’s love of the sea and making them ‘quirky’ was simply fun. Why shouldn’t a Seagull wear boots, socks, sunglasses or a hat? You are the designer of your piece of work so I’d say let your imagination run riot.
All you need is some fabric (I use calico, canvas or cottons), erasable fabric markers, fabric paints, brushes and a lot of patience. Practice makes perfect!
I don’t use a template, my projects usually start with a huge amount of sketches on paper, getting to the stage where a design is simple but effective.
Every piece is individually drawn onto the fabric with an erasable fabric marker.
The design is then painted using fabric paints. I’ve found that diluting the paints with water makes painting easier, this is very much trial and error – some fabrics allow the paint to bleed if too much water is added so it’s best to have a scrap of the fabric you’re using handy and do a couple of test squiggles. If it bleeds, then add more paint (or less water) to make the solution slightly thicker. … .
Once the piece is ironed I embellish and add detail using the free motion embroidery technique, but that’s a different story and isn’t really necessary.
The effects which you can get with fabric paint alone can be stunning. Don’t limit yourself to pieces of clothing, try cushion covers or bags. If it’s made of a suitable fabric and can be heat treated, then go for it 🙂 x
Kind regards, Christine”
I believe we can learn a lot from Christine!
Here are, for example, some of my
“lessons learned today”:
- “YOU are the designer of your piece of work so I’d say let your imagination run riot.”
- Use erasable fabric markers to sketch the design onto the fabric.
- Have a scrap of the fabric handy for testing the paint on it (try different dilution levels)
- “Don’t limit yourself to pieces of clothing, try cushion covers or bags.”
I am looking forward to presenting and discussing more of your projects, :),
don’t hesitate to send images of your work and some background information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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