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Monday, August 22, 2016

Background Check - Week 4 - PAINTED

Now this topic can go on forever! So many options and painting techniques. Too many really to cover in one little post. So I'm just going to mention it because painted fabric can be an amazing part of a background OR even as a whole cloth background just painted as is!

Again...no step 1 and step 2. But then your imaginations can go crazy!!!


In the "wholecloth" painted background it can either blend in as part of your whole piece or simply provide the appropriate feeling to the real stars of the piece.

Here is an example of a painted wholecloth background that is meant to blend in as a supporting actor in this piece. It started a one of my photographs and it needed a definite all over background.


 Here is how I made the background

See how the painted background gives the depth and sets the stage for the main character?

Here's one where I just needed a bit of definition on a light blue hand-dyed fabric to give depth and clouds to the sky background. I used a Lumiere pearlized white paint.


This one is an example of a painted wholecloth that is not really but kinda both a background and part of the piece itself (a wall actually - but not only) I chose this painted complex cloth because it was really scattered and random and chaotic feeling...which fit well with the theme of this piece.

(and slightly off kilter)

One last example. This painted technique is Pounded Fabric. (If you want to learn about this technique of painting fabric, you'll want to tune in for Jan/Feb 2017 at FIRE!!!)

The pounded fabric (painted black Kona) becomes the depth of outer space with painted cheesecloth nebula.


I hope these examples (with NO STEPS AT ALL!) have inspired perhaps a way you have not considered as a background before!

See you on Wednesday!

Kelly L Hendrickson


  1. Lots of inspiration. thanks!

  2. Thank YOU Elle! And you are very welcome!


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