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Freehand fabric painting

The simplest of the techniques of painting on fabric is obviously that which requires no other accessory than a brush: it is the freehand paint, which is directly related to the painting on a canvas.

Necessary material

  • Translucent paper
  • Black pencil
  • Brush
  • blotter
  • Coarse salt
  • Drawing pins
  • Small sponge
  • Syringe (optional)
  • Iron

trace

trace

1. After tracing the drawing of your choice, lightly place it on the fabric.

Apply the paint

Apply the paint

2. Apply the paint (brush) starting with the outline of the patterns. Interpose a blotter between the fabric and the table.

Silk stuff

Silk stuff

3. For the technique called "coarse salt" you will use a fine fabric (here silk) stretched on a frame with thumbtacks.

Moisten the fabric

Moisten the fabric

4. Moisten, with a small sponge, the entire surface of the fabric so that the paint fuse more. Retain the fabric that has become wet.

Dos the mixture

Dos the mixture

5. The paint is here diluted with water (50%). In order to properly dose the mixture, preferably use a syringe.

Paint the grounds

Paint the grounds

6. Before painting the patterns, do a few tests on the edge of the fabric to check the hue, then go to the patterns.

Deposit the grains of salt

Deposit the grains of salt

7. The diluted paint fuse; it is not necessary to paint a whole pattern. Fill in any gaps. Before drying the paint, place a few grains of salt that you will then remove.

Clearer spots caused by salt

Clearer spots caused by salt

8. Here we see very clearly the lighter spots caused by salt. Each grain "drank" a little paint, causing a lightening of the hue.

iron

iron

9. After drying, iron by inserting a blotter to fix the colors. Wash the fabric with clean water to remove salt and soften it.

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