Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Fabric Painting

This morning, while my laundry was drying, I set up shop on top of the washing machine and did some fabric painting. With protective plastic in place and my Setacolor fabric paints at the ready, I got lost in painting for about two hours.
I've been wanting to do a vase of flowers in applique, so I let the paint flow in loose flowery shapes. I didn't worry too much about definition, since I knew I would cut them out later and define the shapes with stitching.
I tried two approaches, first painting on fabric which I had previously painted and heat set. This gave me richer colors since these are transparent paints which get deeper with each layer of paint. I did this also with a prepainted green fabric to achieve leaves in richer greens.
The second approach was to paint on white fabric with clear colors to achieve a bright, springy look. I love how fresh the colors are!

I can't tell you how relaxing it is for me to paint fabric, especially when I don't have any time constraints. I plan to use these fabrics in some applique pictures in the next few days.


Vicki W said...

Oh, that looks like fun!

quiltcat said...

that looks like fun! and i'm ready for those bright spring colors!

seriously amused said...

It looks like fun and your results are beautiful!!!


Julie Bagamary said...

These are BEAUTIFUL!