Painting Challenge – Painting on Fabric

Painting on Fabric

We have been taking part in the Painting Challenge this month.  Our challenge was to try painting on fabric something that we have not really attempted before with our daughter.  The challenge with painting on fabric is two fold – the fabric and the paint that you use!

Painting on FabricPainting Challenge

The fabric can move around when you are painting on it and the fabric absorb liquid at rates, depending on the type of fabric you use.  Poster paint will generally wash out but may leave a stain behind.  Acrylic paint is similar to fabric paint but if used too thickly it may crack once it has dried.

Materials We Used

Acrylic paint

Water colour paint

Acrylic paint with glitter added

T shirts, vests and shirts

Variety of items to be used as a print stamp

What We Did

We began by putting the different paints out on our work table.  We then took a fabric item and laid it flat on the table top.  We used some plastic circles, a plastic cone and our hands and fingers to make marks on the clothing.  As the youngest gain confidence with paiting on fabric, her mark making and colour selection became bolder!

Circles – we chose different circular shapes to create an interesting design on a t shirt and a shirt.

Circles Painting on fabric

Fingers – by dipping our fingers in the paint we made smaller dot marks on the fabric.

Circles and finger prints

Hands – by using our hands we were able to mix the coloured paint directly on the fabric.  Adding the glitter paint gave the design more interesting detail and texture.

Painting on fabric handprints

Symmetrical printing – we put dots and blobs of paint on one half of the vest shirt and then folded it over and pressed down to create a symmetrical design on the shirt.

symmetrical printing with paint

These were then left to dry and then will either be worn or cut up and recycled for another craft project.

We thoroughly enjoyed painting on fabric and cannot wait to read everyone else’s posts too!

We are so excited by the Painting Challenge this month.  It has been organised by Messy Little Monster and lots of bloggers are sharing their posts on different techniques and ideas on how to use paint as a medium.  For more details and to see what everyone else is sharing then click on the image below!

painting technique list

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