Some simple Fabric Painting Techniques even a beginner can do!!

Fabric painting is a simple way to print your own fabric. With some paints and a brush, you can conjure up beautiful designs, textures and patterns on your otherwise plain, lackluster fabric. Completely transform it into a work of art.

 The different techniques you could try with fabric paint are as follows:

Block Painting 

Block painting is done with stamps. You apply paint on stamps and this stamp is imprinted on the fabric.

Vegetable block painting is the easiest way you can do this at home. Who does not have vegetables at home. Simply cut vegetables  – patterned  vegetables like ladies finger, or carvable vegetables like potato and use as stamps. There are people who make unbelievable paintings this way.


The wooden stamps with intricate designs are great for decorating garments.

Wet painting

This is a method in which fabric paint is used like water colour. A watercolour blends shades across the surface – this effect is achieved by using liberal amount of water on the paint and/ or soaking the fabric itself.


The best way out of this spreading is to wet the design only on the inside. Do not wet the area near the outline. This way your colour would not spread (much).

Stencil painting

This is, I suppose, the most preferred method of fabric painting. Stencils make fabric painting easy. Simply place ready-made stencils on the fabric and use a brush or sponge to fill in colors. Repeat making similar designs with the same stencil all over.

You can use a masking tape to create a similar effect – apply masking tape on areas where you do not want the paint. Then paint the fabric. Peel away the masking tape after the paint is dry.


Finger painting

Ok, you do not have brushes and you like to mess with paint. Your fingers can create beautiful art work literally. Just try it, and you will find it very liberating. There is something very childlike in using your fingers to paint away directly on to fabric. You may have to scrub the paint from under the finger nails – a very frustrating process.


Tie-dye with fabric paint 

Ok, there is nothing tie or dye about this technique. It is another form of wet on wet technique but gives a nice tie and dye look


Use a very thin cotton fabric for this method to work.

Soak the fabric liberally. Squeeze to remove water. It should still be wet, but not dripping wet. Fold it two times by the center.


Start applying the paint as in the picture below. Use your fingers to press the paint over to the bottom layers.


Open the fabric immediately. Spread to dry. Do not wash for about one week as in any fabric painting process.


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Post time: Dec-10-2018
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