A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Painting fabric

There is nothing quite as fast and easy as painting fabric. For these first few pieces, I used Seta-Silk which is a transparent thin but highly pigmented paint. There is also Seta-Color as well as Pro-Chem fabric paints and ProChem also has new transparent colors called Decorator Colors and they are very inexpensive.

This is about 12 X 36. I applied the paint to one side and it was so  wet I blotted it with the other side of the fabric.

This is similar to sky dyes. Apply the paint and use a sprayer to wet and move the fabric.

This was crumpled into a ball after applying the paint and water.

This got it's unique marking from the bin bag I laid it on to dry.

Word of warning. Make sure there is nothing printed on your bin bags.

A nice piece with many colors and gold metallic paint as well.

 Purple and black paint with a muscle shell motif in gold paint.

Elmer's washable glue applied before paint. Let the glue dry and add your paint.

This was a large piece I made with paint, salt added to the surface, stamps, thermofax screens and masking tape resist. I made this pencil case out of this fabric.

Now these are just examples of overall paint on fabric. I haven't even mentioned using hand carved stamps.

or objects like leaves

Get out that paint and start to play!


  1. Beautiful, Beth! I love your pencil case... so lovely with all the embellishments!

  2. LOVE all this...
    the image transfer is awesome = )


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