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No 82 – Fabric Painting – How to pep up your clothes

Bring a fresh injection to your wardrobe!

Add some colour or pattern to unloved or boring clothes

Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,

Before we start a new activity, we usually consider the money, time and effort we’ll have to invest and the value and benefits we expect to get.

I am sure, you asked yourself these questions, too, before you made the decision to get into fabric painting.

Using fabric paints to pep up old clothes

The good thing about fabric painting is, that we can use the fabric painting supplies and tools not only for the creation of something completely new.

Besides designing new apparels or decorative household items, we can use our paints and other equipment to work on old clothes and give them a changed and fresh outlook.

Using fabric spray to give fabric items a brighter or more colourful look

is one of the embellishment opportunities of fabric painting we have already discussed.

We used it

  • to refurbish old deck chairs (see Post No. 63),
  • to change the colour of our clothes (Post No. 25)
  • to give our not so successful fabric painting designs a completely new look (Post No. 11)
Using paint brush and fabric paints to inject new life into old clothes

Taking out a paint brush and some fabric paints is a good idea if we wish to hide stains on our favoured clothes or to pep up unloved fabric items. (Have a look at some examples in Post No. 12.)

The following two projects both helped to make something look better:

Project 1 – Using self-made stamps to hide stains on a T-shirt

I recently created a stamp and used it not only to decorate new T-shirts but also to make an old one nice again.

The stamp was composed of hair elastics which I attached to a wooden block.

fabric painting - preparing a composed stamp - hair elastics around wooden block
fabric painting – preparing a composed stamp – hair elastics around wooden block

I used this stamp to hide stains on a Polo-Shirt.

The stamp was loaded with paint by rubbing it in the paint which I had distributed on the palette with a brayer roller.

fabric painting - printing with self-made composed stamp - hair elastics around wood block
fabric painting – printing with self-made composed stamp – hair elastics around wood block

When I had finished the printing, the stains on the shirt were no longer visible!

post82- fabric painting - printing with self-made composed stamp on T-shirt - 99
post82- fabric painting – printing with self-made composed stamp on T-shirt – 99

 

Project 2 – Using metallic bright paint to pep up an old jacket

My running jacket is black. At least, it WAS black. And dark. And boring.

As I didn’t like to wear it any longer but also didn’t want to throw it away, I had to do something about it.

I decided to give it a fresh look with the help of some fabric painting.

It was not as easy as I had thought.

I first used a fabric paint which claimed to be suitable to be used on dark fabric.

fabric painting - unsuccessful painting project - the fabric paint is not suitable for dark fabric
fabric painting – unsuccessful painting project – the fabric paint is not suitable for dark fabric

It couldn’t keep to its promise, – after all my painting effort, there was nothing to see on the jacket.

fabric painting - the painting on a dark jacket is not successful
fabric painting – the painting on a dark jacket is not successful

However, I didn’t give up and tried it again with another paint.

fabric painting - metallic bright fabric paint works well on dark fabric
fabric painting – metallic bright fabric paint works well on dark fabric

This is the result and I am happy with it, I started to wear my running jacket again whenever it’s cold in the morning.

post82 - fabric painting - dark running jacket pepped up - 100
post82 – fabric painting – dark running jacket pepped up – 100

 

Have you used your fabric paints to change the look of old clothes? Did everything work according to you plans?

Please, share images of you work with us! (Send them to margot@your-colourful-mind.com).

 

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Cheers,

Margot

2 thoughts on “No 82 – Fabric Painting – How to pep up your clothes”

  1. Hi Margot, I like the one where the stains on the polo shirt are no longer visible.

    Best Ferdie

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