I absolutely adore painting on fabric! In fact it was when I was painting on silk back in the 90's that I actually discovered my love for painting.
This last month I've been awakened several times during the night having dreams of painting on fabric again. So I decided to embark on this adventure again... if for nothing else but to satisfy that itch I seem to be experiencing!
To start off with I chose an inexpensive, simple white cotton canvas apron from Hobby Lobby. Since this was an experimental situation...I chose to NOT pre-wash my apron, as I wanted to see what would happen if I didn't.
Next I went to my stash of new products that I've picked up lately for other projects. Much to my surprise, I had quite a few that mentioned using them on fabrics...even if that was not their sole purpose. One of these products are Inktense Watercolor Pencils from Derwent. Surprised? I was too!!! Many of the scribbles and scralls on this apron were created with the Inktense pencils...then intensified by lightly going over them with a clean paint brush and water.
|The green triangles and pink rectangles were Inktense Pencils|
I also chose to utilize some of my regular acrylic paints so I added a 1:1 ratio of Golden GAC 900 to them before applying. You can add the acrylics straight to fabric without the Fabric Medium, however that area will be very stiff, even after washing. The Fabric Medium helps to soften the touch of the acrylic paint, making it more flexible and comfortable for wearing. Also, straight acrylic on fabric may tend to crack after a while...due to lack of flexibility.
Lastly, I have to confess my funny blond moment! After spending all that time playing around on the top portion of the apron I get down to the pocket area... I sat there staring at the pockets imagining what I wanted to do next... it really was clear to me what I wanted to do so it didn't take long to grab my paint and start painting. It was then that I noticed that something was just not quite right... it wasn't making sense in my brain how these pockets were supposed to work... WELL DUH!!! I had just painted the entire backside of the apron!!! I just CRACKED UP!!! Laughing at yourself truly does help things a LOT! soo.. My special experimental apron has Inside pockets instead of Outside pockets!
Before I end I want to tell you how to "fix" your paints to your fabric. I took my apron and laid it across an old dishtowel on my ironing board with the paint side down. I then too my iron, set on cotton since my apron was cotton, and began one small section at a time, ironing each section for around 30-45 seconds before moving on to the next section. I did this for the whole apron. I then turned it over and used my pressing cloth between my iron and my apron and did the same thing again. The reason for the cloth to always be between the painted side and the iron or board is because some of the gel paints can come off during the heating process and you dont want them on your ironing board or your iron... so better safe than sorry!
Now, due to my project being experimental... I went ahead and washed it in cold water and ran it through the dryer to see which products held up the best! Everything held their vibrancy pretty well with the exception of the Faber-Castell gel paints... they faded a little (especially the black outlining on the bottom of the apron).. but nothing that takes away from the whole of the project...so I would definitely use them again. I prob would use the Tee Juice or a Fabric Marker for these black lines next time.
Hope you enjoyed this! I think I may have to make a few more of these and some other funsie fabrics for Christmas presents!!!
p.s. Please note that the Pentel Fabric Fun colors are like crayolas, and are not water-soluable. I only used one color, dk blue, and it washed wonderfully!