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Fabric Painting

Fabric painting is the art of specialized paints to fabric. Fabric painting can be applied on any fabric, but fabrics like cotton and silk are easier to decorate. The 2 basic methods are colouring and patterning. Colouring refers to directly applying an image with color to the cloth or fabric, whereas patterning refers to printing or painting patterns and finally coloring.
Fabric Painting

Methods of Fabric Painting

The different methods of fabric painting are
  • Line & dot
  • Wet shading
  • Dry shading
  • Wet on wet
  • Warli
  • Madhubani
  • Vegetable printing
  • Block printing
  • Finger printing
  • Brush strokes
Fabric Painting on Churidar

Basics of Fabric Painting

Requirements for Fabric Painting
  • Fabric (prefered Cotton)
  • Palette
  • Water bowl
  • Fabric / Acrylic colors
  • Brushes
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Design

Tips and Techniques

  • a) 100% cotton always better to start with
  • b) Wash the fabric before painting
  • c) Use tight weaved fabric
  • d) Iron the fabric well to get rid of the wrinkles
  • e) Always start and paint from top to bottom
  • f) Fix the fabric tightly with the help of a frame
  • g) After painting reverse the fabric and iron
  • h) Wetting the fabric
  • i) Use glitters to make your fabric sparkle.
Fabric Painting

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