You can actually just use straight acrylic paint on fabric ( I mean, have you ever tried to wash paint out of clothing?), but it will be slightly “crunchy” and may develop cracks with repeated washing. The fabric medium makes it so the paint stays soft and flexible.
Supplies for making a custom painted tea towel: Cotton towels or flour sack towels, fabric paint (or craft paint and fabric medium) I used Celery and Blush Pink for my colors, foam brush, stamp carving kit, permanent stamp pad or fabric stamp pad, iron for setting the paint, scissors
To create the layered look of the roses on the tea towel, you’ll first want to wash, dry and iron your towels to remove any sizing on the fabric that might make the paint not adhere as much as it should. Then you want to create the background. For the stamp to give it a more modern vintage look.
Once you have your rough stamp created, load it up with your paint of choice with a foam brush, and on a flat surface, so a test stamp to make sure you have enough paint and it’s going to look the way you want it to. It also helps to get to know the stamps a little bit and how much you need to press to transfer the image. You can test it on another cotton towel, scrap paper or similar cotton fabric to the towel.
Once you are ready, take your plain towels and make sure they are flat. Load the stamp with paint and press it firmly to the towel.
I decided to create a repeating pattern. As it went a long, it looked even better than I though it would! This would be so pretty as wrapping paper too.
Once I had stamped my entire towel and let the paint dry, I went back with black fabric paint and stamped with my rose stamp over the top. The trick to using a regular stamp is to make sure the paint stays wet, and the minute your are done stamping is to clean the stamp otherwise it will ruin it.
After all of the paint completely dried, I followed the direction on the bottles to iron the towel on the highest setting to make sure the paint was set and wouldn’t wash out. Set properly the hand-painted and hand-stamped tea towels should be able to go in the washer and dryer.
It ended up looking so pretty and fresh! this would make a great Mother’s Day or housewarming gift too!
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Here is the old project below!
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