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Stunning red roses on fabric

Most of the projects I teach my students are painted in class on wood or MDF (medium density fibreboard).

Having said that, the beauty of what I teach in my decorative painting classes is that you can paint the same subject matter on many other different surfaces. The medium we use – acrylic paint – is very versatile and can be used to paint on canvas, metal, leather, fabric, even candles and plastic!

Today I had a class with a student who had a red piece of linen-like fabric on which she wanted to paint roses. When completed she would have the painted fabric fitted onto the cover of a tea-box which she will give to her sister for Christmas. I suggested really red roses and she loved the idea. Red is after all, very festive this time of year.

Really red roses on red linen

The finished painting was really very nice, bravo! I’m sure her sister will be very proud to receive such a nice piece of work, and for sure its going to be a family heirloom!

Painting on fabric is an easily learned skill, especially if you have painted the subject matter on a wooden item before.

Some things to note about painting on fabric are as follows:

Your fabric should, preferably, be “mounted” onto a piece of cardboard. This serves two purposes – firstly, your fabric won’t move around when you scrub your strokes, and secondly, the cardboard absorbs the paint that seeps through the fabric. I use masking tape and this is easily removed once the painting is completed.

As with painting on wood, you can trace your pattern onto your fabric using the regular transfer paper or if you prefer, the transfer paper specifically produced for fabrics. You would buy this in a haberdashery. Of course you can also free-hand a design onto your fabric using a water soluble pencil or fabric pencil.

Pattern hand-drawn and painting begins!

The brush is normally “scrubbed” into the fabric otherwise the paint doesn’t get transferred to the fabric – so you would need a flat or angle brush with stiffer bristles than those used for painting on wood.

With fabric medium, the paint is easily scrubbed into the fabric

Because I paint mainly with acrylic paint, I have never tried fabric paint to paint any of my designs on fabric. I simply use my acrylic paint with a fabric medium and it works out really great. I can use my favourite colours and apply my colour palettes to any of the projects I want to paint.

There are many different brands available on the market but I have used DecoArt Americana fabric medium as well as Jo Sonja’s textile medium and both convert acrylic paint into a fabric paint which easily penetrates and bonds with fabric. Both are permanent on the fabric once heat-set and the painted fabrics are hand-washable.

Once painted, your fabric needs to be heat set to create permanence. Heat setting also softens your painted fabric.

Its easy to have a go at fabric painting: all you need are your decorative painting instructions, a piece of fabric, an old shirt or T-shirt, you acrylic paints and some fabric medium and you’re all set!

Back in full swing!

Hello again! I’ve been away in Kuala Lumpur on a family emergency the last 7 weeks. I’m back at the studio and classes are in full swing from April 19th onwards.

Things are looking good at the Studio – I have to catch up on some unfinished classes but looking forward to designing some new projects for the rest of the year.

The class calendar is still relevant and the last date for classes before a short summer break is May 27th.

See you at the Studio soon!

Roses for your Valentine

Valentine’s day and roses. What a perfect combination.

Sea of Roses 

I love roses. And I had wanted to learn to paint roses from the very first  decorative painting class I joined. I think I made my teacher laugh!

When I started teaching, I only taught roses as a second class…but for a couple of enthusiastic students, I broke the rules and taught them roses as their first project!

There are so many roses to learn. There are stroke roses. Folk art roses. Free hand roses. Patterned roses. Realistic roses. There are so many ways to paint them. Zhostovo roses. Bavarian multi-loaded roses. Hindeloopen roses. Rosemaled roses.

And of course – what everyone must remember – everyone’s roses are different. No matter how and what is taught, eventually your roses will be YOUR roses. It becomes your trademark. The more you paint it, the more you will develop YOUR rose.

Have a great Valentine’s Day.

Red roses for my Valentine

Class Calendar 2010

I decided to post this “Class Calendar” because this is how it is in Kuwait – everyone travels, including me. So with the calendar, at least you will know when classes are available and can book in advance. Lets not let the year slip by without any meaningful painting OK?

Painting a zhostovo bouquet

All classes are  from 10am to 1pm on each day.

Please bookmark this page as I will keep updating with events like workshops, clinics and courses.

MONTH Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
February 15
(Weekly advanced class – full)
16 17
(Varnishing technique for Taster Class)
(Weekly advanced class – full)
(Weekly beginner class – full)
March   2
(Weekly beginner class – full)
3 4
  8 9
(Weekly beginner class – full)
10 11
  15 16 17 18
April 19 20 21 22
  26 27 28 29
May 3 4 5 6
  10 11 12 13
  17 18 19 20
  24 25 26 27
June 28 29 30  
September 20 21 22 23
  27 28 29 30
October 4 5 6 7
  11 12 13 14
  18 19 20 21
  25 26 27 28
November 1 2 3 4
  8 9 10 11
  22 23 24 25
  29 30    
December     1 2
6 7 8 9
  13 14 15 16
  20 21 22 23

If you don’t know what to paint take a look at some of the projects available on the studio website.

Girlie daisies

I painted this very “girlie” daisies project for a “taster” class in Kuwait which will start this week. Its a very simple project which everyone will be able to finish in two sessions of three hours each.

Daisies Plaque - Taster Class

A “taster” class is exactly that – a class to get a taste of decorative painting! In two sessions I will teach everything you need to know to finish this project – starting with basecoating the woodpiece and preparing it to be painted, applying the pattern, a bit about brushes, brush loading, a bit about colours, basic round brush strokes and varnishing.

At the end of two days, of course, everyone takes home their project and try to convince their husbands and their kids that they ACTUALLY painted it! Yes, that’s always the best part…that’s why I always take photos of students painting – that’s the proof they painted it!!! LOL

If you live in Kuwait and would like to attend this or any other taster class, please add a comment and we’ll take it from there! See you soon..

Class dates are:

Tuesday and Wednesday, January 26th and 27th, 2010 – 10am to 1pm
(one place available)

Tuesday and Wednesday, February 2nd and 3rd, 2010 – 10am to 1pm
(3 places available)

Tuesday and Wednesday, February 9th and 10th, 2010 – 10am to 1pm
(4 places available)

Tuesday and Wednesday, February 16th and 17th, 2010 – 10am to 1pm
(4 places available)

“{Tole Painting} Fun to Paint Dots & Daisies: 25 Projects-Flowers, Butterflies, Snowmen & More Created With Fun Sponges & Dotters” (Carol {Designs By} Mays)

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