DIY Spray Painting

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:

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.

Stencil Worked Spray Painting

Stencil Worked Spray Painting

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)

Fabric Paint

Paint Brushes

Tooth Brush

Waste Paper

Spray Painting - Materials Required

Spray Painting – Materials Required

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.

Spray Painting - Load Fabric Paint On The Toothbrush

Spray Painting – Load Fabric Paint On The Toothbrush

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.

Spray Painting - Spraying The Paint By Pressing Thumb Against The Brisles

Spray Painting – Spraying The Paint By Pressing Thumb Against The Brisles

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.


Spray Painting - Free Form and Stenciled Spray Works

Spray Painting – Free Form and Stenciled Spray Works

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 🙂

Take care!

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A nature lover and dreamer who expresses herself as an artist, fashion designer and blogger. Persued B.Sc fashion design at Karavali College (Mangaluru University 2003 - 2006) with first rank. Former lecturer for fashion designing at Gloria College, Puttur for five years (2006-2011). Blogger since 2013.


  1. Still Great Weather..and nice informative post.

  2. I have used a similar technique on paper, but doesn’t it work so well on fabric too! Lovely 🙂

    • Hi Peggy!

      Thank you so much for your visit to Tantu and for your compliments! Yes, we have been doing it on paper too 🙂 Today, we need not struggle with tooth brush for spray painting on fabrics, as spray paint cans a re readily available!

      Visit again! TC! Keep smiling!

  3. I used to do this for projects… And got scolded once for using my mother’s new brush too..:P

    • Oh! Nice to know that you were doing spray painting! Mom’s toothbrush?? Ha haa 😀 You are such a naughty girl!

      Thank you so much for your visit dear! TC! Keep smiling!

  4. Your posts as usual are truly creative and mind boggling. There’s a lot to learn from simple things in daily life.

  5. Hi sindhu, this post is wonderful. I wanted to gift to my loved one something I made using my hands. Thanks for sharing this.. I Gonna follow this post and surprise him 🙂

    • Thanks a ton for your compliments Bhawya 🙂 If this post inspires you to create your own, that is my best reward 🙂 Please let me know the result 🙂 TC! Keep smiling!

  6. Reminds me of my childhood and how bad I was at this! 😀

  7. Pretty! Thank you for the tutorial.

  8. Hi, How are you? weather in pune is colder than here in mumbai. Thank you very much for sharing this. I was always surprised how the spray paintings are done? But today I got my answer 🙂 I had seen one peacock design in spray painting long back (4-5 years back) in my relatives house, will now try that by following steps mentioned by you. You have written a nice and detailed post as always. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this 🙂

    • Hi Deepa 🙂 I am doing good! Hope you are fine too 🙂 Yeah, it is warmer in Mumbai…
      I am very happy to know that you like this post and found it useful! You are always welcome dear! TC! Keep smiling!

  9. Great presentation, makes it look easy.

  10. beautiful can create whole sari with them..lovely Sindhu! Keep it up!

  11. Very neatly done, Sindhu! I just love fabric-painting. Clothes look lovely with fabric-painted motifs.
    But, hardly any time these days as spending most in Blogging! Few days ago, I discovered that my paints have dried up! 🙂

    • Thank you Anita 🙂 Yes, main draw back of blogging is that it consumes major part of every day 🙁 Anyways, if this post boosts you up to restart your hobbies, that is a great achievement of mine! TC! Keep smiling!

  12. Beautiful work of art, Sindhu! I used to do a lot of that when I was in school but eventually with time, all these took a backseat. 🙁 You inspire me to take this up again, I would surely like to try my hand at something like that.

    PS: Hey, I have a contest cum giveaway running on my blog. Do have a look in your free time. 🙂

    • Thanks for your words of appreciation Arti 🙂 Very happy to know that this post inspires you to start art works again 🙂 Thank you so much for your visit to Tantu 🙂 Will check the contest cum giveaway in your blog. TC! Visit again!

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