So, I decided to take time out to record & share through pics, the process of creating a design. Fabric painting isn’t rocket science, but the more that you know in advance, the fewer mistakes you’ll make along the way. Fabric paint is PERMANENT paint. It’s not meant to be removed. If I make a mistake, it’s now a permanent part of the shirt/onesie/pillow/ - whatever I’m painting. If I have paint on my hand, and I begin to paint a shirt, there’s a good chance that I’ll get the paint onto my shirt from my hand. Then I would have to reach for my emergency stash of chocolate & rack my brain cells on what to turn that spot into because it was not part of the original design. This is why me exercising is so important. I can easily gain 2-3 lbs over a paint blob mishap. Enough said...now onto showing how I do - what I do:
First, before all else I pre-wash the fabric. The fabric will shrink, wrinkle & deform if I skip this step. After washing & drying, I iron the fabric to smooth out any wrinkles. With shirts & onesies I like to fold them in half long ways to form a crease. This helps to keep the design centered as I paint. Now, it's time to paint! By this time I've already drawn up the design to use as a blue print for outlining it onto the fabric.
1. I place cardboard in between onesie/shirt to prevent paint from bleeding through to the other side.
2. Referring to the blueprint, I Paint the design outline using a preferred color. Sometimes I draw the design with a pencil onto the fabric 1st, then go over it with paint. Most of the time I freehand with my paintbrush.
3. Fill in design with desired paint colors.
4. Finally, I heat press the painted design using an iron, and add any embellishments as a finishing touch.
...And there you have it! How I do - what I do! Below are pics of me designing a onesie I completed just before Christmas, along with the finished outcome! Hope you like!
Until next time...peace & blessings ♥