Grab paints and brushes and roll up your sleeves because in today’s post you’ll discover the world of fabric painting. This traditional handicraft, full of possibilities, is much simpler to make than you might imagine.
Commonly used to bring bath towels, dish towels and baby diapers to life, fabric painting can also be used in clothing and decorative pieces.
Even though you don’t need to be a Leonardo da Vinci to paint on fabric, some tips help – a lot – who is just starting out with the technique. That’s why we’ve made a special selection of tutorial videos so you can learn how to paint fabric step by step.
But before starting the video lessons, check out the necessary materials and leave everything at hand. The list below is the basis for this type of craft, from beginner to advanced level:
Materials needed for fabric painting
1. Wooden base for painting
This item is important so that you can stretch the fabric and paint the piece more easily. If you prefer, you can use a piece of Styrofoam. In this case, secure the fabric with the help of pins.
2. Permanent glue
Permanent glue is used to fix the fabric to the base. To do this, apply the glue with the help of a plastic card, making linear movements from top to bottom. Wait about ten minutes before placing the fabric on the base. After painting is finished, remove the fabric and store the base inside a thick plastic bag. It is not necessary to remove the glue. Before starting a new painting, check the degree of adhesion of the glue and, if necessary, apply a new layer.
The fabrics most used for painting are cotton. But you can also use polyester or other synthetic fabrics, however the ink will not adhere as well. Also notice the weave of the fabric, the closer it is, the better the painting will be.
For this type of painting, fabric paint is used. You can still use glitter paint, three-dimensional paint, or fabric pen. All of them are suitable for this type of craft and guarantee the durability of the piece.
One of the main doubts of those who are starting painting work is which type of brush to use, after all, with so many options, doubt becomes inevitable. Therefore, for beginners, the tip is to have a flat brush for the larger areas of the drawing; a beveled brush for smaller areas and to create a shadow effect on the painting; a round brush to blend the design; a cat’s tongue brush for straight and continuous strokes and a fillet brush for contouring and filling small spaces.
6. 6B pencil and carbon paper
This duo is important for tracing the design or risk, as it is also known. Graphite 6B is thicker and allows you to easily trace, while carbon paper helps transfer the design to the fabric. However, look for carbons that don’t release ink, as you run the risk of staining the fabric. When tracing, fix the carbon with the help of an adhesive tape.
Did you write down everything you need? So let’s move on to what matters: the complete step-by-step of painting on fabric:
Fabric painting for beginners: tips, tricks and secrets
For those who are starting out in any craft, it is always important to discover the tricks and secrets of the technique to facilitate learning. In this video, you’ll get to know the little secrets of painting on fabric to paint better every day. Check out the video:
How to paint leaves – For beginners
Leaf painting is essential for this type of craft. They are present in most drawings and bring more life and beauty to the painting. So, learn in this video how to paint leaves in an easy and uncomplicated way:
Fabric painting: simple flower step by step
Flowers, like leaves, are the basis of fabric painting. With them you can paint dishcloths and bath towels, for example. Learn in this video the step by step of a simple flower:
Fabric painting – Roses
Now, if you are already at a slightly more advanced level, you can start painting roses. In this video you can see in a detailed and explanatory way how to paint beautiful roses on fabric:
Sonalu canal fabric painting
You can learn fabric painting over the internet with the help of Youtube channels. The Sonalu channel, for example, one of the most accessed when it comes to painting on fabric, has a series of videos for you to get better at the technique every day. Learn how to make fabric hydrangeas with this video from the channel:
So, is it possible to risk the first risks? But, calm down, check out the creative and original ideas for painting on fabric that we have separated. You will see that you can go far beyond traditional dish towels:
Image 1 – Fabric painting: and to begin with, how about a carpet painted with your own hands? A knockout, isn’t it?
Image 2 – Fabric painting: let the children participate too! The suggestion here is a special fabric painting for Mother’s Day.
Image 3 – Painting on fabric: a hand-painted curtain to decorate the room with a lot of style.
Image 4 – A simple idea that requires zero knowledge of painting.
Picture 5 – White tablecloth with strawberries painting: simple and easy suggestion to make.
Image 6 – Pouf cover with hand painting; you don’t even need a risk, you can paint it freehand.
Image 7 – Dishcloth with a painting that deserves to be displayed on the wall.
Image 8 – Decorate the room yourself by painting the curtain and letting the children make a picture for the wall.
Image 9 – Meticulous work, but with a charming end result.
Image 10 – Make the table set more beautiful and personalized with hand-painted napkins.
Image 11 – Copy this idea: stamp for dishcloths.
Image 12 – Hand-painted kitchen runner with a simple design with only stripes.
Image 13 – Handpainted world map to decorate the bedroom wall.
Image 14 – Personalize and renovate your sneakers with a print that has your face
Image 15 – Dishcloth entirely handmade: from painting to bordering.
Image 16 – Canvas extended on the wall with an abstract design: use the prints that are closest to your home decor.
Image 17 – Handpainted apron: notice the details of light and shadow to make the design more realistic.
Picture 18 – And how about making a little extra money with painting on fabric? The tip here is to paint dishcloths that serve as tourist souvenirs.
Image 19 – Hand-painted Ecobags: suggestion to use, sell or gift.
Image 20 – A beautiful peacock painted on the cloth curtain in the bathroom: a functional and decorative piece.
Image 21 – Black and white even in fabric painting; With this duo, there’s no mistake.
Image 22 – Use a stencil for painting and a brush with a foam tip to create beautiful pieces that are quick to make.
Image 23 – Bath towel with hand-painted rose border.
Image 24 – The hand-painted denim jacket exudes personality and style; and it’s very simple to make, just don’t forget to use fabric dye.
Picture 25 – If you want a different painting for your dishcloths, be inspired by the design below.
Image 26 – A delicate and simple little owl to decorate the tea towel.
Picture 27 – Ties painted using a stencil, a delight!
Picture 28 – A well-made background is enough to make the dish towel beautiful and original.
Image 29 – Fabric painting: modern and beautiful hand-painted rug to decorate the living room.
Image 30 – Cushion covers can also receive an exclusive and personalized painting.
Picture 31 – Hand-painted round tablecloth with crochet border, a luxury!
Picture 32 – Painting on fabric: and do you like this more rustic tablecloth model?
Picture 33 – Hand-painted placemats for Christmas: an uncomplicated suggestion for decorating the house at this time of year.
Picture 34 – A fun hut painted by the children themselves; is it okay or not? No excuses now!
Image 35 – Hand-painted fabric bags that can be distributed as party favors.
Image 36 – Painting on fabric: a rug for all occasions printed with colorful hand-painted squares.
Image 37 – Hand painting to give the blouse a new face.
Picture 38 – Painting on fabric even for the hairband: there is no limit to craftsmanship.
Picture 39 – Painting on fabric: a simple red stripe can do miracles for your kitchen cloth.
Image 40 – Simple hand-painted colorful squares form this dining room rug.
Picture 41 – Paint your sheets by hand! Look at the result.
Image 42 – Painting on fabric to take to the beach.
Image 43 – Party tablecloths painted in a delicate gradient in shades of pink.
Picture 44 – Paint your dishcloths with themes that represent your personality and personal tastes.
Image 45 – Painting on fabric for the beach yoke.
Picture 46 – Napkin hand painted with a children’s theme, use it at birthday parties.
Image 47 – Painting on fabric for personalized cushion covers.
Image 48 – Painting on fabric: use the decoration colors in the painting you do, so everything is in harmony.
Picture 49 – Want a simpler and prettier drawing than this one for you to do? You don’t even need to apply shading techniques.
Image 50 – Strong and striking blue for the napkins.
Image 51 – Handpainted rug with a brick print; on the wall, the fabric painting also stands out.
Picture 52 – Paint flowers freehand and make your tea towel unique and original.
Picture 53 – Fish painting for the hand towels.
Picture 54 – A detail to make all the difference in the curtain.
Image 55 – Painting on fabric: homemade stamp to apply on t-shirts and other pieces of clothing.
Picture 56 – Tie dye painting technique to color the tablecloth and napkins.
Picture 57 – Hand painted leaves and flowers decorate the napkin which can also be used as a placemat.
Image 58 – Raw cotton with hand painting gives the piece a rustic style.
Picture 59 – Painting on fabric can also be done with dimensional ink.
Image 60 – On this tea towel, the contour of the design was made with a black pen for fabric, indicated to leave the line thin and uniform.
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