Mixed Media + Painting Techniques eBook: 4 Free Paper and Fabric Painting Ideas

Artists have been painting fabric for ages-what else are oil pigments on stretched canvas? But painting on commercial or vintage fabric? Mixing in paper, stitch, glue, photo transfers, and more? That's mixed-media painting. You can use oil pastels, watercolors, spray inks and dyes, or acrylic paint on fabric. It's all good, and it's a whole lot of fun.

In Mixed Media + Painting Techniques: 4 Free Paper and Fabric Painting Ideas, we bring you mixed media painting techniques you can use in a wide variety of art projects.

When looking for fabric painting ideas, think outside the stretcher bars. April Derrick likes to paint on fabric, but in Watercolor Tote: From canvas album to carryall, novice sewer April shows how she paints, embellishes, and journals on her bag before completing it and filling it with fabric painting supplies.

mixed media fabric painting by julie fei fan balzer
Mixed-media painting on fabric
by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's fabric painting adventure starts with canvas and a photo transfer in The Workshop: Canvas Photo Quilts. Then she uses oil pastels to enhance the photo, plus spray dye, gesso, acrylic paint, journaling, and stitch to complete the picture.

In Photo, Paint, Stitch: Create whimsical images from your own photos, Kelli Nina Perkins offers a variation on the fabric painting with photo-transfer theme. Kelli starts by creating a collage painting with watercolors and found papers. Then she transfers the painting onto muslin and goes back in with more mixed-media painting techniques, including fabric painting designs made with bleach gel pen.

collage painting by kelli nina perkins
Mixed-media collage painting by
Kelli Nina Perkins.

Rebekah Meier turns decorative tissue papers and napkins into mixed-media fabric painting projects in Fragile Fusion: Making durable layers with delicate papers. Rebekah applies the papers to fusible web, applies paint, and adds details with stamping and stenciling to create a stitchable textile.

Mixed Media + Painting Techniques: 4 Free Paper and Fabric Painting Ideas you will learn so many fabric painting tips and mixed-media painting techniques, you'll want to jump right in and create.

P.S. Do you have friends who would like to learn more about mixed-media painting? Forward this link to them so they can get their own copy of Mixed Media + Painting Techniques: 4 Free Paper and Fabric Painting Ideas.


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