Inspiration For Fabric Painting - The Easy Way
Add some interest and colour to your indoor or outdoor dining, or make your own cushion covers, curtains or blinds, with these simple and easy ideas for fabric painting.
Now that the warmer weather is upon us and the lockdown restrictions enable us to move around, it's time to invite friends and family around for alfresco dining in the garden or casual dining inside the home. We offer some simple and easy ways to dress up your dining table with colourful or interesting fabrics, or to make cushions covers, curtains or blinds, or even print fabric for whatever project you like.
Finding the right fabric is not always easy. You have something you like in mind but just can't seem to find anything you like. It's times like these where you might want to think about painting your own fabric designs - exactly as you envision them and at a fraction of what it would cost to purchase printed fabrics - if you could find them.
Fabric painting has become popular over the past few years and there are many methods for painting fabric, whether you purchase fabric paints or use conventional acrylic paints and then iron the fabric to embed the paint within the fabric fibres. Take a look at some of the methods below and choose the one that would work best for you.
Only use natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, calico, etc., for fabric painting, as these best absorb and hold paint colour after being ironed.
STAMPING FABRIC WITH A CUSTOM STAMP
Making stamps with layered foam rubber is one of the best methods for painting or stamping designs onto fabric. Buy foam rubber sheets from craft or hobby stores and layer these to build up your choice of a design before mounting this onto a wood block.
If you plan of doing repetitive patterns on a large piece of fabric or repeating designs on different fabrics say, for example, to make a tablecloth and matching serviettes, a foam rubber stamp is sturdy enough to use again and again. And if you clean properly after use, you can keep the stamp in a safe place to use again at a later stage.
When making foam rubber stamps, make sure you use the right glue as some solvent-based glues will eat away the foam rubber. Check on the pack that any glue you use is suitable for foam rubber.
To apply the stamp onto fabric to create your design, use a foam roller to roll paint over the stencil. Have a piece of newspaper by your side to roll off any excess paint before applying the stencil to the fabric.
Take a look at the videos above and below to see how easy it is to stamp and print fabric.
FABRIC PAINTING AND STAMPING WITH VEGETABLES
At one time or another, usually, when we are children, we have tried our hand at stamping with potatoes. Painting or stamping fabrics with potatoes is an incredibly easy and affordable way to design fabric, and who doesn't have a potato or two at home to spare for this project.
While using a potato as a stamp means that the potato must be thrown away once you're done, unlike a foam rubber stamp that will last a long time, but a single potato should be enough to complete a small tablecloth or a few serviettes.
Make sure to gently wash the potato once you have cut out the design for fabric painting to remove excess starch.
Apply paint over the potato with a paintbrush or foam roller, removing any excess of a piece of newspaper or kitchen towel before pressing onto the fabric.
Who knew you could use an ordinary rolling pin to print interesting designs and patterns onto fabric!
FABRIC PAINTING AND STAMPING WITH UTENSILS
There are many household items and utensils that you already have that can be used for painting fabric with interesting designs and patterns. One that is very simple to make is a rolling pin wrapped with brown paper onto which cut out foam rubber designs can be affixed. This is a super-easy way to roll on repetitive patterns and designs.
There are plenty of ways to add designs to a rolling pin; use elastic bands, a hot glue gun or acrylic sealer, or even use lace to create unique designs for your printed fabrics.