Fabric Painting - tea towel - freehand painting

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


3 thoughts on “No 46 – Instead of adult colouring books – Fabric Colouring-in Design – Idea No 10 – freehand drawing”

  1. I missed some of the posts and have now signed up. your examples are great, very interesting to learn about different ways of fabric painting. Some more detailed guidelines and tutorials would be very helpful.
    I don’t think that freehand painting is superior to other techniques. But it’s better to start with other techniques. I plan to start working with stamps.

    1. Hi Rita,
      thanks a lot for your feedback! And it’s great that you signed up to the blog! 🙂
      Yes, you are absolutely right complaining about missing tutorials.Some other website visitors, too, asked for more detailed project guidelines. Thus, we plan to explain the fabric painting project examples in more detail in future.

  2. Hi Margot, the four examples of free hand drawings are great, in particular the two dogs. I still like best the geometric shapes.

    Best Ferdie

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