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No 11 – How to use fabric spray to give your fabric painting design a completely new look

Dear visitors at Your Colourful Mind,

Not every fabric painting project ends in happiness and satisfaction.

Sometimes we don’t like the final design much or we are dissatisfied with the outcome of the colours we used.

But it is never too late to change and improve our work to the better.

The nice thing about fabric painting is that you are the one who decides when a project is finished and you are free to continue working on it and changing it as often as you wish.

How to use fabric spray to achieve a better (or at least a different) design result

The result of any fabric painting project depends on different factors, such as

  • the technique you decide to apply,
  • the kind of fabric you paint on,
  • the preparation and the complexity of your design idea,
  • the paint and the tools you use to realize your design idea,
  • your drawing and painting capabilities,
  • your personality.

I, for example, am a quite impatient person and I don’t like to spend too much time with the planning and preparation of my projects. I do a lot of free-hand designs and paint directly on the fabric using many different colours.

This means that I usually don’t transfer a thoroughly prepared design on the fabric.

It also means that I can’t expect accurate and reliable results. Often, I am totally surprised about the final outcome of a fabric painting project.

Sometimes I like what I have produced, sometimes I don’t. In these cases, I go and get my spray paints and work it over again.

Here are some examples of my projects which needed some reworking with fabric spray  before I could declare them finished:

Usually, I buy white t-shirts/shirts for my painting projects because light-coloured fabrics leave more design options and also allow the easy application of different techniques and paints. (E.g., for painting on dark fabrics you need to buy opaque and thick paints.)

In this case, I liked the pattern on the t-shirt but I felt that it needed more colour. Instead of painting additional areas I just sprayed them.

This was one of my  “crazy” projects: I crumpled some pieces of paper, placed them into the paints and then on the fabric.

First, I liked the result, but later I thought it looked a bit “childish”. Adding some grey colour by using spray paint gave it a more serious outlook.

The red and orange colours on the white shirt actually looked quite nice and fresh but I felt pale when I wore it.

Thus I decided to use fabric spay to change it into a red shirt.

What do you think about my design changes? Did they improve the results of my paintings projects? Or did they make them worse?
What’s about your own experiences? Do you usually like your designs? Do your projects end as planned?

Have a nice weekend,

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6 thoughts on “No 11 – How to use fabric spray to give your fabric painting design a completely new look”

  1. Hi there,
    I have been doing fabric painting for a while and I am not happy with some of my projects. Improving the results with the help of fabric spray is a good idea. I’ll try that.

  2. Dear Margot,

    I think the new design looks great, in particular the red shirt.

    Best Ferdie

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