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