fabric painting - free-hand - on tea-towel

No 38 – Instead of adult colouring books – Fabric Colouring-in Design – Idea No 5 – Use adult colouring books as “idea suppliers”

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

In our discussion of the relaxation method

Fabric Colouring-in Design

we have made some progress in the course of the past weeks:

  • We got an overview of some of the techniques and tools which we can use to transfer a colouring-in design idea onto a piece of fabric (see post No 33).
  • We realized that it is not difficult to start colouring-in on fabrics, especially when we decide to begin with tracing patterns onto the fabric (see also post No 33 with its focus on the tracing technique).
  • We know now that creating our own colouring-in designs on fabric is much more creative than, for example, relaxing with adult colouring-in books:
Fabric Colouring-in design is not only about choosing the colours and colouring-in, it’s also about creating the patterns/designs.

 

After having discussed three methods already,
we today focus on another way to realize design ideas on fabric:

Using adult colouring books as “idea suppliers” for our fabric colouring-in designs

We have made good use of adult colouring books already, using them as “suppliers” of templates for our design-tracing projects (posts No 31 and No 33).

Now we have a look at adult colouring books again.

Not all but many of the available adult colouring books (and colouring pages on the Internet) are suitable “supporters” when we search for patterns and illustrations that we can use as templates for the designs we wish to draw and to paint on fabric.

Sure, some books contain only very intricate patterns and motifs. But others, especially those that focus on geometric patterns, offer  templates which are very well usable for free-hand drawings.

We don’t have to be artists to draw nice and interesting patterns and illustrations!

The most important point to keep in mind is:

It’s not about being perfect or copying 1:1, 100%!

It is about developing a design idea and realizing it, in our way. The final result might have little resemblance with the original, – we don’t care! 🙂

Some examples:

(The following templates have all been found in one of these books:

You find detailed information about these books here, or on our Pinterest board (click here to get there).

Using circular patterns from colouring books as templates
Circular pattern 1
fabric painting - t-shirt - design template from colouring book
post 38 – fabric colouring-in design on t-shirt – idea No 5 – free-hand drawing of design, using template from adult colouring book – circular pattern 1

 

fabric painting - free hand design on t-shirt
post 38 – colouring-in design idea No 5 – drawing on t-shirt – template from colouring book, colouring-in with paint brush and textile paints, then sprayed with textile spray

 

Circular pattern 2
fabric painting - t-shirt
post 38 – fabric colouring-in design on t-shirt – idea No 5 – free-hand drawing of design, using template from adult colouring book – circular pattern 2
fabric painting - colouring-in t-shirt
post 38 – colouring-in t-shirt – with fabric markers

 

fabric painting - free hand design on t-shirt
post 38 – colouring-in design idea No 5 – drawing on t-shirt – template from colouring book, circular pattern , colouring-in with paint brush and textile paints, then sprayed with textile spray
Using geometric patterns from a colouring book as a template
fabric painting - tea-towel
post 38 – fabric colouring-in design on tea-towel – idea No 5 – free-hand drawing of design, using template from adult colouring book – geometric patterns
fabric painting - free-hand design on tea-towel
post 38 – colouring-in tea-towel – with paint brush and acrylic paints
Using the illustration of leafs from a colouring book as a template
fabric painting - free-hand - on tea-towel
post 38 – colouring-in tea-towel – template with leafs from colouring book – with paint brush and thick textile paints
fabric painting - free-handed - on tea-towel
post 38 – colouring-in design idea No 5 – drawing on tea-towel – template from colouring book, leafs, colouring-in with paint brush and textile paints
Summary/evaluation of today’s fabric colouring-in design example projects:
  • Creating our own colouring-in designs on fabric is exciting and fun.
  • And full of surprises because quite often the end product very much differs from the planned design.
  • Flicking through adult colouring books helps to develop design ideas.
  • The drawing process is actually not difficult because the final design depends only and wholly on us and how we wish it to look like.
  • Drawing intricate and artistic patterns and illustrations might require some training and patience.
  • But often the “not-100%-perfect-results” are especially nice and innovative.  🙂

Soon (Post No 41), we will try to prove that completely-free-hand drawings of patterns and illustrations – without using any support tools such as stencils, stamps or templates – offers the highest amount of freedom in design creation and in realizing our very personal and individual style of drawing and painting.

I wish you much fun with your fabric painting and colouring-in projects!
And don’t forget sharing your experiences by sending images of your work to margot@your-colourful-mind.com  :).

 

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