This time of year is my favorite for representational fabric painting. With my love of nature there is simply so much around me begging my brushes to mimic it. Normally I am teaching classes but since I have not opened up my studio for that yet, I thought you might enjoy a simple tutorial here.
Nothing says autumn in New England more than apples. I have been working on a quilt that features baskets holding apples so I decided to paint them rather than simply appliqué plain red fabric. Here is how I did it.
Allow your apple to fully dry on the painting surface before removing. Allow paint to set 24 hours or dry in a hot dryer on HIGH for 30 minutes. To completely set the paint, iron the painted fabric with a hot iron for 20 seconds swirling the iron in place so it does not scorch. At this point your painted creation is completely washable and will not fade or bleed like a dyed fabric may do.
- If you plan to hand appliqué your work, keep the paint just up to the tracing line but not over it. Painted fabric is harder to push a needle through but machine sewn it works just fine.
- Do not over saturate your fabric with paint. A very small amount will color the fabric. It is normal for some paint to bleed through to the back of the fabric but too much will yield a shiny, sticky back that makes it more difficult (but not impossible) to sew with.
- There are no mistakes! Every apple should look different then the next one so relax and have fun!
If you would like to try your own hand at painting this I have assembled a kit that includes the 3 paints, a template and full instructions. Get it here through my on-line gallery store.