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Monday, 1 August 2016

Fabric painting-DIY-Pink Flowers

"The purpose of Art is to wash away from the soul the dust of everyday life"-Pablo Picasso

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We all love flowers, colors and painting...So today my post is about painting colorful flowers on fabric. This paintings is done by using "Color filling and outlining" technique..This is the basic method of fabric painting. Mastering this technique is the key to painting on any fabric.

Finished look
Pink flowers

This technique makes the painting look bright and colorful...The steps to draw these flowers are given below after a brief description of the things needed to paint it..

Things needed:

A clean and ironed Poplin Fabric:
Poplin is a fabric woven with criss cross ribs of any fiber such as cotton,wool,silk,etc., which gives it a strong texture and it prevents any paint from oozing down through it. White poplin works well with most acrylic or fabric colors but any color fabric is fine. Buy Poplin cloth here

Many different colors of fabric/Acrylic paints.

Painting Brushes:
  1. A Flat Brush No:2 or 3(For color filling)
  2. A lettering Brush No:000 or 00(For outlining)

Short and Stiff bristles are preferable..

Painting Frame:A painting frame helps to tighten the fabric and holds it in the stretched form.

Other Essentials:
  1. An old cloth for cleaning brushes in between changing colors
  2. An old piece of card or paper to place under the fabric
  3. Clean water
  4. A mixing tray(Optional in case we want to mix certain colours)
A floral design pattern can be hand drawn with a pencil or transferred on to the fabric by tracing on a carbon paper. Today we are going to paint a hand drawn flower pattern.


Draw a flower pattern on the poplin fabric ..

Drawing the pattern

The completed pattern..

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Completed pattern

Color Filling and Outlining Technique:
For this technique,we first fill the pattern with color and the we outline it with a dark color(usually black). For color filling, We use the flat brush, loaded with acrylic paints(directly from the bottle). We use the following colors for our painting..
  1. Lemon yellow
  2. Pink
  3. Brown
  4. Leaf green
  5. Black(for outlining)
While filling the color on the fabric, move the brush slowly and firmly on the fabric to avoid splattering which is nearly impossible to remove from the fabric. Keep the water and brush cleaning old cloth 4 or 5 inches away from the painting to avoid accidental spots..
First let's paint lemon yellow filling..
Yellow Filling

Then comes outer petals.. Paint it pink.. and color the center part brown.
Pink and Yellow

Add leaves with leaf green color..
With green leaves

When its dry, we can use the thinnest lettering brush to outline the painting with black color.. We can also add some tiny detailing..


The finished painting looks like this ..

Finished look 
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Hope you all enjoyed this..See you soon with another artwork in my next post. Have a nice day..

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