The great thing about learning to Folk It is that we can use our skills on any surface! Today's Inspiration Sunday will take you through the process of how to paint on fabric.
If you don't need to wash your projects - like this heart, you can create your design using your DecoArt Americana paints.
However, if you are painting something you would like the option to wash, you need to add DecoArt Fabric medium to your Series one Starter kit paints.
You could even use it on fabrics you won't wash. When acrylics dry, they become hard and so adding the Fabric medium gives you a softer finish so the paint won't crack or peel away.
Start with something inexpensive, small swatches of fabric or napkins are a good starting point. Painting on to fabric poses different challenges compared to painting on wood or other surfaces. The biggest challenge is that there is little room for mistakes. Once the paint is placed on the fabric it will be absorbed, and so it is not easy to remove.
Find a piece of strong card and cover it with something that is not absorbent like tin foil, cling film – I have used a plastic sleeve the type used in ring binders.
Place the board at the back of the fabric, this will stop any paint absorbing through to the other side. The paint will stick to the shiny plastic surface but you will be able to peel it away. If you are painting on to a really silky/slippery fabric then you might find it helps to have the fabric taut around the board, just use some pins or tape to secure in place.
Mix the paint with the fabric medium equal parts of paint to medium. This will make the paint a little thinner which make it easier to paint onto the absorbent surface of the fabric.
A good place to start is doing the dot designs, it will feel and look different to painting the dotty designs on to wood, but the result is just as effective Then move on to painting a brushstroke design that you know well and can confidently paint on paper. I’m just using 3 elements from the BlueBird kit – the flowers, birds and hearts. You could sketch the design with a pencil or dressmakers chalk pencil or use your transfer paper – which ever one you use, go lightly to save you the hassle of washing the fabric straight away.
Once you’ve finished painting leave the paint to dry for 24-48 hours and then heat set by placing a clean piece of cloth over the design and applying heat using a iron (without steam) – your fabric masterpiece is now ready to enjoy and completely washable.
That's it for another Inspiration Sunday. Don't forget to post any fabric projects on here. I will be taking a break next weekend as I'm in Italy for a wedding.
I hope I've left you feeling inspired.
Love Carol x