fabric painting - mandala traced on t-shirt

No 33 – Instead of adult colouring books – Fabric Colouring-in Design – Idea No 2 – Tracing

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

In Post 31 we started to deepen our understanding of the new relaxation method

FABRIC COLOURING-IN DESIGN

which combines the pros of adult colouring books and fabric painting:
  • flexibility

We saw that, for example, working with tote bags and fabric markers gives us similar flexibility as we would experience with adult colouring books: in both cases we can easily carry our equipment around with us and work on it where and whenever we wish to do so;

  • and creativity

Different to colouring books which offer us a very restricted amount of creativity-freedom, colouring-in on fabric not only allows but forces us to be (very) creative: we ourselves have to find, choose and create the design of the pattern or illustration on the fabric before we can colour it in.

This is our focus now:

Different ways to realize design ideas on fabric

Creating the design is more or less demanding, depending on the techniques and tools we choose to use.

These are some options:

  • Using templates for tracing patterns/illustrations onto the fabric
  • Using stencils for creating patterns/illustrations on the fabric
  • Using stamps for creating patterns/illustrations on the fabric
  • Using templates for developing ideas for free-hand drawings of patterns/illustrations
  • Creating and realizing our own design ideas of patterns/illustrations

The options here are ordered according to their degree of difficulty, e.g.: it’s easy to trace patterns but much more demanding/creative to develop and realize our own ideas of patterns.

We will use the coming blog posts (Posts No 34, No 36, No 38, No 41, No 42, No 43, No 44, No 46) to work ourselves up from easy pattern-tracing to developing more creativity in design-creation.

 

Using templates for tracing patterns/illustrations

Tracing patterns from adult colouring books on tote bags
fabric painting - mandala on tote bag
post 33 – examples 2 – mandala traced from adult colouring book onto tote bag with fabric marker
Fabric painting - mandala on tote bag
post 33 – examples 2 – mandala no 2 traced from adult colouring book onto tote bag with fabric marker

As we saw with fabric colouring-in design idea No 1 (post No 31) already, the thin fabric of tote bags makes it easy to trace the lines and shapes of the template.

Tracing patterns from adult colouring books on a t-shirt

The design-tracing method can be used with different fabric items. The only precondition is that the fabric is transparent enough to let us see and follow the lines and shapes of the template.

fabric painting - mandala traced on t-shirt
post 33 – examples 2 – mandala no 3 traced from adult colouring book onto t-shirt with fabric marker
fabric painting - t-shirt - mandala
post 33 – fabric painting – t-shirt – tracing mandala from adult colouring book with fabric marker, then colouring in with markers

In this case, the patterns were coloured-in with fabric markers but we could also have used paintbrushes with thick fabric paint.

Tracing illustrations from other sources onto fabric items (here: t-shirt)

As soon as we start to look out for interesting colouring-in patterns and illustrations, we begin to view our surroundings in a different way, and we discover more variety and details, and more design opportunities than before.

fabric painting - giraffe illustrations traced on t-shirt
post 33 – examples 2 – geometric giraffe illustration traced from adult colouring book onto t-shirt with fabric marker

The geometric animal illustrations were found in an online-advertisement for stamps, I just changed the size of the illustrations on my computer.

fabric painting - geometric giraffe illustration traced on t-shirt
post 33 – fabric painting – t-shirt – tracing geometric giraffe illustration from adult colouring book with fabric marker, then colouring in with brush and fabric paint

I used paint brushes and fabric paint to colour-in the patterns.

 

Summary/evaluation of today’s fabric colouring-in design example projects:

  • Drawing and painting with fabric markers gives us flexibility, – we can take our projects around and work on them at different places.
  • Colouring-in with fabric paint restricts our flexibility a bit, it needs a proper working area and can’t be done “on the go”.
  • Using templates to trace patterns and illustrations makes the design process easier but demands less creativity. (We will soon discuss other techniques which allow us to be more creative.)
=>   It is definitely not difficult to start colouring-in on fabrics.  
Just grasp a suitable piece of fabric, get some textile markers, and start tracing your favourite patterns or illustrations! 
Or do you see it differently? 🙂 Let us know!
Next time (Post No 34) we will focus on using stencils to create patterns and illustrations on fabric.

Have a good time, and enjoy colouring-in, in books or on fabrics, 🙂 🙂  ,

signature - Margot 

 

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13 thoughts on “No 33 – Instead of adult colouring books – Fabric Colouring-in Design – Idea No 2 – Tracing”

  1. Hi,
    I do a lot of coloring-in books. It is very easy and relaxing. Painting on fabric in more difficult I think. but I like your pictures and might give it a try. Annie

    1. I agree. Fabric painting is difficult to start with. But adult coloring books are too simple. Boring. I plan to buy fabric pens and draw on t shirt or other fabric.
      Andy

      1. Hi Andy,
        great idea to start with drawing on t-shirts! Have you bought some fabric markers and started already? Please, send us some images of your project to share on the website. 🙂 Thank you.
        Margot

  2. Hi Margot,

    I like your various ideas on being more creative. This time the Mandala theme is of great interest for me.

    Best, Ferdie

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