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 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.
|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.
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