Painting fabric!

Painted fabric!
Painted fabric!

This is so much fun! It’s all about the process and experimenting with paint and new textures.

What you will need:

  • White cotton fabric. (TIP: You could use pre-made napkins if you wanted to)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Cups (for watering down paints)
  • Regular paint brushes
  • Foam brushes
  • Packaging tape
  • Wax table cloth (the paint will go through the fabric and on to the surface below it) Or something else to protect your table
  • A cup with water for setting dirty paint brushes in
  • Wet wipes (for easy clean up)
Painting acrylics on fabric
Painting acrylics on fabric

Set up:

Cut a piece of fabric to a manageable size, this is about 12″x18″. Then tape down the 4 corners to the work surface.

Since I have 4 foam brushes, it made sense to me to dilute 4 different colors for Sophia to use. So in a cup squirt a dime size amount of paint and then add about 1/4 cup of water and stir together to mix the paint into the water. You can add more paint if you want the color to be more vivid.

Repeat until you have several cups of diluted paints.

Have all the supplies in easy reach and you are ready to let your little one experiment and paint.

Toddler abstract art in process
Toddler abstract art in process

The process:

Start with undiluted acrylics, and let your little one decide the colors and how much they want to paint on. We use regular paintbrushes for the undiluted acrylics. These will show up the best and be the most vivid in the end result.

Diluted paints spread easier and will soak through the fabric
Diluted paints spread easier and will soak through the fabric

Once your little one has decided they are done painting with the non-diluted paints, move on to the diluted ones. Use the foam brushes for easy painting.

Painting watered-down acrylics on fabric
Painting watered-down acrylics on fabric

Sophia was amazed to see the paint “grow”, as she called it. 🙂

You will want to cover all of the fabric piece with the diluted paints, even in the corners you have covered with the tape. For the corners the  paint will spread under the tape and it will release itself off the fabric once its wet. Remove the tape and allow to dry.

Allow to dry completely.

If you chose to make napkins this is where you need to follow an extra step of heat setting your paint.

 

Painted fabric!
Painted fabric!