We’re continuing our focus on DIY Textiles today with a tutorial for creating bold brushstrokes.
By Addie Martindale (Read the full article in the August/September issue of Sew News!)
Follow these tips when fabric painting to achieve best results.
Select an absorbent, natural fiber fabric, such as cotton sateen, cotton twill, rayon, rayon blends or linen.
If using a fabric dye, select dye in small, re-sealable squeeze tubes to easily mix colors. Choose a dye that’s set using an iron.
If using fabric paint, select paint that’s easily applied to fabric and doesn’t create a stiff drape. Mix colors for unique shades to match any project. Use the paint in very thin layers for the best results.
Combine both dye and fabric to create a different texture on the fabric. When combining dye and paint, apply and set the dye first before applying the paint.
To create large brush strokes, use paintbrushes specifically used for wall and furniture painting. These brushes are larger and less dense than craft or traditional canvas brushes. Wall and furniture brushes create a brush effect and not just a solid line. Select 2” flat, 1” round or 1 1/2” square angle brushes for the best results.
Prewash the fabric to remove any sizing or residual dye from the manufacturing process, allowing the dye or paint to properly absorb into the fabric. Press the fabric to remove any wrinkles before painting. Any wrinkles left in the fabric make it difficult to achieve smooth, continuous strokes.
When painting on dry fabric, the brush strokes are defined and don’t bleed. To create defined overlapping or touching strokes, allow the dye or paint to completely dry before adding a second stroke.
When painting wet fabric, the dye or paint spreads and bleeds from the original stroke to create a watercolor effect. Strokes placed close together gently merge to create a blended border. Two different colors placed close together create a third color on the overlap.