A DIY post on how to make fabric painting using spray painting techniques.
How are you? How is the weather? It is mid Feb and still ‘feeling December’ here in Pune. This is the lengthiest winter I have ever experienced in my life!
Well! Time to talk about today’s post 🙂 This is a continuation post on request of a fellow blogger of mine, Ms Deepa Prabhu (you may visit her interesting blog clicking here – Random Photography). We had discussed about Thread Painting in last post. Today’s topic is spray painting.
Spray painting is a method of painting by spraying paint in small dots. A simple tool for spraying paint on a fabric is a tooth brush.
This double-coloured/shaded spray paint work (done using a stencil) of lotus, Indian national flower, was done when I was a student. You can see my madam’s signature and comment as such in the photograph. You might also like spray painted sari designed by me here. You may also find more hints about using stencils in that post.
- Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
- Skill level: Basic
- Time taken to design a square feet area: 15-20 minutes to paint and time taken to complete the design is till the fabric dries
- Design Application: Medium to very large designs are formed. Kerchiefs, Stoles, Kameez, Salwar, sari, Blouses, Bedspreads, Curtains, etc can be designed.
Desired Fabric (Pre-washed and ironed)
How to Do Spray Painting ?
Take an even bristle tooth brush. Load it with paint. Load of paint should not be too much or too less.
Test it on a sample to confirm if the paint load is adequate. Just move your thumb gently on the bristles and test spraying on a sample fabric.
When you are satisfied with the spray effect, do it on the actual fabric. Hold the brush above the fabric (at about 2inch distance). Let the bristle side face the fabric. Now, gently move your thumb on the paint filled bristles. Watch how the fabric gets painted with the dots.
You can randomly spray paint on a fabric surface (shown below) or you can make a stencil work (as shown in the beginning of this post) too.
- Always test on a sample fabric piece.
- Paint spreads differently on different fabric based on the absorbency. So, spray results differently based on the fabric.
- Almost any kind of designs can be tried with spray painting technique using a stencil. The free form abstract effect of spray painting is just unique.
- Please follow the aftercare instructions given in the paint bottle. Ironing on the wrong side of the fabric after 72 hours fixes the paint pigments on to the fabric surface. And afterwards, the fabric can be washed. Always, care must be taken to iron on the wrong side of a painted fabric.
This is a short introduction and DIY spray painting. I hope this would help a designing enthusiast in you to create your own designs! Feel free to leave your comments on this project. Your feedback and suggestions help Tantu to provide what you wish 🙂
Bye until the next post!