This new tutorial video shows you how you can decorate a blank canvas/light cotton pouch or pencil case, giving it a watercolour effect.
Usually, painting fabric requires either acrylic paint or specialised fabric paints and dyes.
Painting fabric with acrylic paint renders it quite stiff, which I didn’t really want to do for this project. So, there came a light-bulb moment – why don’t I use my Inktense blocks as they are waterproof once dry? They will give me a nice watercolour-effect and will keep the texture and thickness of my fabric intact.
- a blank fabric pencil case (Baker Ross brand – pack of 5)
- my cat and bird Laurel Burch stamp from Stampendous
- Ranger Archival Ink pad in Black
- Inktense blocks in a variety of colours
- Heat tool
- white Posca paint pen (0.7mm tip)
I picked a fabric pouch from my set that was as smooth as possible (you can iron the fabric beforehand and let it cool if you wish / or if the fabric is creased).
I started by stamping my image onto the fabric pouch, using waterproof archival ink. Once dry, I will be able to apply wet media, the ink from my stamped image will not smudge. I then inserted a cardboard piece into my pouch. This will ensure that the ink does not bleed onto the other side of my pouch.
Using my Inktense blocks and a waterbrush, I wetted my blocks to pick up the colour and apply as watercolour on my fabric, filling in the sections of my stamped images. I stamped my cat and bird image 3 times, so I am making sure that I diversify my colours on each image so that they are not the same. I am still using each colour on different parts of each stamped image. This brings the 3 images together and bring cohesion.
Once I have finished colouring in, I am drying my pencil case/pouch with a heat tool (off camera), and add highlights with my trusted white Posca paint pen.