DIY: How to Paint Your Own Patterned Fabric

February 15, 2018

How to Paint your own Patterned Fabric | damask love

I am obsessed with today’s post. OBSESSED. There is something SO satisfying about painting patterns  – especially when they are this simple. Now, let’s bet clear. I do NOT consider myself an artist by any stretch of the imagination. I’m a crafter who masquerades as an artist from time to time. Today is one of those times. I’m teaching you some incredibly easy techniques for painting fabric…and once you’ve painted your fabric you can head over to Creativebug to see how a few simple stitches can turn your fabric into a adorable zipper pouch.

How to Paint your own Patterned Fabric | damask love

First, let’s talk supplies. There are a few things I recommend when it comes to painting fabric and you’ll see them all here!

  1. Round Foam Pouncers – these are ESSENTIAL for making perfect polka dots and awesome fruit shapes
  2. So Soft Fabric Paint – this stuff will make you wonder why you ever used another fabric paint!
  3. A set of brushes – I Love THESE from Target. Having an assortment of brushes is key. They’ll allow you to paint different details and create varied brushstrokes.
  4. Acrylic Paint – this comes in huge selection of colors so if the shade you need is not available in So Soft fabric paint, you can use your acrylic paint
  5. Fabric Medium – if you are going to use acrylic craft paints, you MUST mix it with Fabric Medium to make the paint softer and more flexible.
  6. Matte Fuse – this iron on vinyl is GREAT for transforming your painted fabric into a oilcloth-like material. Perfect for making durable projects like seat covers or makeup bags
  7. White Canvas Fabric – this will be the base for your painted fabrics
  8. A spray bottle filled with water – this is  perfect for spraying on to your fabric to prepare it for painting. This is especially useful when you want your paints to blend nicely.
  9. Paint Palettes- duh.

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HOW TO PAINT A BRUSHSTROKE BACKGROUND FABRIC

How to Paint your own Patterned Fabric | damask loveSTEP ONE:

Add acrylic paint and fabric medium to a plate or bowl. You should mix one part fabric medium to one part paint.

How to Paint your own Patterned Fabric | damask love

STEP TWO:

Blend the mixture together to create a smooth, well mixed paint
How to Paint your own Patterned Fabric | damask love

STEP THREE: 

Spray your white canvas fabric until it is damp with water

How to Paint your own Patterned Fabric | damask love

STEP FOUR:

Use a wide paint brush and gentle stroke on your fabric. This will create a beautiful brushstroke effect.

How to Paint your own Patterned Fabric | damask love

STEP FIVE: 

To add dimension to your brushstroke pattern, add a darker shade of paint to your palette and mix well. This will create a slightly darker shade of the same color

How to Paint your own Patterned Fabric | damask love

STEP SIX:

Now, use the same brush and the same gentle brushstroke to go over your fabric,

HOW TO PAINT A CITRUS PATTERNED FABRIC

How to Paint your own Patterned Fabric | damask loveSTEP ONE:

Use the circle foam pouncer to create circle shapes on the fabric. You DO NOT need to spray your fabric with water to create this pattern. By leaving the fabric dry, you will get more defined circles to create your citrus pattern.

How to Paint your own Patterned Fabric | damask love

STEP TWO:

To make lemons, use the pouncer to place a yellow circle on the pattern. Then use a medium size brush to drag the paint out of the circle to create rounded points on both ends.

How to Paint your own Patterned Fabric | damask love

STEP THREE:

Use a fine detail brush and green fabric paint to create leaves

How to Paint your own Patterned Fabric | damask love

STEP FOUR:

Use a thin pointed brush to add dot details to each citrus fruit. You can also add dots to fill in the white space on the pattern. BEWARE, THIS GETS VERY ADDICTIVE!!

How to Paint your own Patterned Fabric | damask love

 

Once you are done making your patterned fabric, you have a ton of options for how you will use it! I love to use iron-on vinyl to add a protective layer on the fabric. Then you can use your Cricut Maker to cut the fabric and use it to make an adorable zipper pouch!

How to Paint your own Patterned Fabric | damask love

How to Paint your own Patterned Fabric | damask love

How to Paint your own Patterned Fabric | damask love

How to Paint your own Patterned Fabric | damask love

How to Paint your own Patterned Fabric | damask love

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54 thoughts on “How to Paint Your Own Patterned Fabric”

  1. I would to make a table runner and monogram it. I just got married, and funds are low right now but soon I will make it. Amber I will be sure to tag you. I am new to your videos and have literally fall in love with your energy. Cant wait to make

  2. Love the fabric tutorial! You are my craft inspiration, Amber! Wouldn’t have my Cricut without having watched you. ❤️

  3. I would definitely start with a brush stroke pattern! Nice and simple as I get the feel for the paint 🙂 Then I would try painting donuts!!!

  4. Loved your FB live today! I’d probably paint a brushstrokes design. As much as I love the citrus and cherries, I tend to design more abstract stuff. Also I don’t trace those “dobber” sponges and I don’t need any more procrastination to try a new project! 😂

  5. I absolutely love all the projects that you do it looks like so much fun, I wish I had the money and could afford to go out and buy everything needed to do all the projects you do. Something I really need is a Cricut but they’re too pricey for me unfortunately but it would really help me with so many things!!!!

  6. The countdown is on until I get my Cricut Maker! I’ve been loving all the stuff with geometric shapes lately so I’d probably do something with triangles.

  7. I love polka dots and flowers so I would start there. I would also like to have some for the kiddos so maybe a princess theme and then some robots or dinos for my son.

  8. You are killing me Amber. The citrus yells summer to me and I can’t wait for it! I would love to try it out too, with the help of your tutorial.

  9. Your video is great and so are your instructions. I had no idea that type of vinyl existed! That is SO COOL! I really like the patterns you showed and all the tips you provided! And even more that you made your own patterned fabric into a makeup bag! Is there anything you can’t do? Also love the craft with wine recommendation… 🙂
    Thank you for the inspiration!

  10. Loved the class and the patterns. Almost convinde I can create my own 😉 I’d love to create a text/poem especially for a garment and have it printed. Tks for the tips!

  11. I would probably do mickey mouse or Minnie. Because we all know Disney fabric is expensive and I have a little girl that would love me to make her some mickey stuff. She would love to help paint too!

  12. Thanks for breaking down the steps to make the patterns. I’m also crafty but not artistic but seeing the shapes evolve gives me the confidence to try this.

  13. I would love to use these on the aprons that the kids are going to decorate at my daughters tea party! These would be perfect!

  14. This is such a great idea! Thank you for this! I love the citrus the most (I love citrus anything the most, lbr), but I’m really drawn to the brushstroke patterns because of the bold colors.

  15. Wow, the possibilities are endless. I love all three patterns for different projects, but the citrus would make such a cute spring/summer tote.

  16. I would make animal prints – zebra, giraffe, snake. Of course, I would first have to learn how to make the prints. I can think of lots of stuff to make with snake skin patterns.

  17. Oh this is great, so inspiring. I am obsessed with this tutorial. I want to try this.
    What fun. Your designs are beautiful and so are you. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity

  18. Never thought about painting fabric and going to try it tomorrow!
    Looking forward to hearing and seeing you at the BWWPC conference!

  19. Have you ever tried Spoonflower? That site will become an addiction too if you’re not careful! ;P I love the modern looking design on the bottom of the header image. Super cute! I am unfortunately terrible when it comes to painting ANYTHING.

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