No 31 – Instead of adult colouring books – Fabric Colouring-in Design – Idea No 1

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

Last time (post No 30) we introduced the new relaxation method

FABRIC COLOURING-IN DESIGN

which combines the pros of adult colouring books and fabric painting, – flexibility and creativity.

We also listed the different steps of fabric colouring-in design.   

 

Today we present the first example project

which should help us to understand better the new method and its steps:

First step – choosing the fabric

I decided to use a simple tote bag to draw on.

Second step – decision on design idea and painting technique/materials

Design idea:

I wanted this first project to be closely related to adult colouring books and downloaded for free an adult colouring-in illustration (http://www.coloring-pages-adults.com/animals/?image=animals__coloring-adult-owl__1).

Materials:

I decided to use fabric markers for drawing and also for colouring-in the illustration.

Techniques:

  • The tote bag is made of very thin fabric which allowed me to copy the illustration by tracing it on the fabric.
  • Additionally, on a second bag, I created a free-hand drawing of the template’s illustration.
Third and fourth steps – drawing the illustration and colouring it in
A) Copying the illustration by tracing it on the fabric
post 31 - example 1 - illustration from adult colouring book - traced on fabric tote bag with fabric markers - coloured-in with fabric markers
post 31 – example 1 – illustration from adult colouring book – traced on fabric tote bag with fabric markers – coloured-in with fabric markers
B) Free-hand drawing of the illustration
post 31 - example 1 - illustration from adult colouring book – free-hand drawing on fabric tote bag with fabric markers - coloured-in with fabric markers
post 31 – example 1 – illustration from adult colouring book – free-hand drawing on fabric tote bag with fabric markers – coloured-in with fabric markers
Final step- Using the product
post 31 - example 1 - illustration from adult colouring book on paper– coloured-in with fabric markers
post 31 – example 1 – illustration from adult colouring book on paper– coloured-in with fabric markers

I can’t make any use of the illustration on paper, but …

post 31 - example 1 - illustration from adult colouring book – free-hand drawing and traced drawing on fabric tote bag with fabric markers - coloured-in with fabric markers
post 31 – example 1 – illustration from adult colouring book – free-hand drawing and traced drawing on fabric tote bag with fabric markers – coloured-in with fabric markers

… I like the illustrations on the bags which I now use for grocery shopping. 🙂

 

Summary/evaluation of the first example project:

Tote bags are flexibly usable in fabric colouring-in projects.
  • They can be used for tracing original illustrations on the fabric.
  • It is easy to draw with fabric markers on this fabric.
  • They are not heavy and can be folded, thus it is possible to carry them around.
  • We don’t need a big space to paint on them, a small table is sufficient.
  • They are not expensive, thus it’s not a disaster if our first projects are not so successful. 🙂
  • We can use the tote bags ourselves or as a gift for someone else.
Using templates from adult colouring books makes the creation of colouring-in designs easy.
  • Thin fabric allows us to trace the lines of the original illustration, we don’t need any drawing capabilities.
  • And if we choose a not too sophisticated template, we can take it just as a model and instead of tracing it we can try a free-hand drawing. The result might not be as perfect as the original, but we can enjoy the satisfaction of having created something unique.
Fabric markers are flexibly usable.
  • They allow us to draw fine lines and small details,
  • and also make it possible to colour-in very little areas of an illustration.
  • And we can easily carry around the markers.

 

I am really curious to hear from you what you think about
fabric colouring-in design:
  • Is it really a practicable and useful new relaxation method?
  • Can it give more fun and satisfaction than adult colouring-in books?
  • Are you interested in having a look at further fabric colouring-in design projects?

 

Have a good time,

and enjoy colouring-in, in books or on fabrics, 🙂

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5 thoughts on “No 31 – Instead of adult colouring books – Fabric Colouring-in Design – Idea No 1”

  1. I have been following your blog for some time. I especially like the design ideas because they make the different techniques easier to understand.
    I struggle to understand what fabric coloring in design is. Is it a combination of fabric painting and coloring books?

    1. Hi Rita,
      thanks for asking about the “new” relaxing method Fabric Colouring-in Design.
      Yes, it is kind of a mixture of colouring books and fabric painting. As with adult colouring books, you do colouring-in of patterns and/or illustrations. But different to colouring books Fabric Colouring-in Design makes it necessary that you first create your design – patterns and/or illustrations – on the fabric item. This makes it more creative than colouring books.
      I am sure that the next post will help to make clearer what I mean with Fabric Colouring-in Design because I plan to present many different examples.
      Cheers, Margot

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