In painting on fabrics the basic elements of design are what will really help you to compose your work of art. These are somewhat important to have in the back of your mind as you paint. While I don’t approach fabric painting with any degree of strictness, the six components or elements in design are certainly good for you
to begin with it is always best to keep your themes simple. This goes hand in hand with design composition; the bottom line is that you want to make some visual sense. A confused presentation makes the person looking at your work feeling somewhat confused and unable to enjoy your work and even less inclined to purchase it.
I know you are excited and ready to begin designing but for some the idea of choosing colors for your design has you back-peddling wondering if you can really pull this off. The answer is of course you can. Sure it’s great to have colors in mind but if you don’t there are ways to jump start your color scheme […]
The best way to quench your creative fire is to see your design area in shambles. The very thought of tidying it can give you the hivvy jivvies. So we want to avoid that by clearing the cluttered zone by freeing it of all unrelated items. Although this may take a few minutes, it’s essential to start here. It is […]
There are literally oodles of fabrics you can paint on,. In my experience, the better ones would be the more natural fibers although I must say that you can certainly get some interesting effects from the man-made fibers at times. Really, it depends on the type of paint you are using. I would do a test sample with the paint […]
Flat or non-dimensional fabric paints are ideal when a raised effect is not desired. These paints soak into the fabric fibers somewhat like a dye and give the appearance of a commercially printed fabric.
There are a number of dimensional paints on the market today. I will share with you the ones I prefer to work with and why. Basically, a dimensional paint is just as the name suggests, a paint that has dimension, more than one side when applied; not flat. Designing with these paints is so easy that you may feel like […]
There are a number of techniques you will learn in the class requiring a few materials. Many of these materials can be adapted to create various styles. There are several materials you can begin practicing on but my class favorite for our online and live classes is
My most effective tools are not the fancy tools that are found in stores. My creative tools are for the most part simple items found around the home. Though it is not important to purchase the top of the line paint brushes, I do recommend selecting brushes specifically designed for acrylic fabric paints.
For most artists, preparation goes beyond just setting up your work area and deciding what it is you want to paint. For me it is also a settling of the heart and mind. I’m not advocating any weird encounters or practices however, I am simply pointing out that it is a good thing to work