I found it was easier to paint it right on the piece for placement instead of upholstering it later. I used a thicker muslin canvas as my fabric base. I prepped the fabric by clear gesso in the area I thought I was going to be painting over and let that dry.
I started by sketching out my image in watercolor pencil. That way when I painted the pencil will blend right into the paint. But you could also use a transfer technique for your image.
The peacock is complicated, but this works for simpler images too.
While you can use art paint or even latex paint,
by adding a fabric medium to the acrylic paint, I could use any color I wanted instead of having to stick with straight fabric paints.
I upholstered the seat with the art work and then stitched out in red thread, to keep it from fraying.
I was kind of sad to se this one go!
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