Hello everyone! We have an exciting DIY Friday project for you today. My creative and dear friend, Rachel from @theinkyterrier, is popping in to co host this blog post. Today we are talking about fabric lettering! This is the first installment of fabric painting and Rachel will be sharing her tips and tricks for creating lettering on fabric! We hope to help you navigate through this and hopefully trouble shoot any issues you may have. So keep on reading!
A friend of mine asked me if I would lettering something on fabric for her wedding. When she asked, I still had 9+ months to get some research in to learn how to do this. A few months of procrastinating in I finally got to it. I opened up trusty Pinterest and went to pinning info. However, I found that there weren't a lot of posts on what I wanted to do specifically. I finally stumbled on a great post by the lovely Dawn Nicole. With this tutorial, I managed to pull off what my friend had asked for. Now from here I'll get into my how to's and suggestions and hopefully it will save someone else in the further some planning time.
Here are the supplies:
- Painter's Drop Cloth medium weight contractor series (hubby works at a paint store so this was readily available to me for use!)
- Deco Art So Soft Fabric Acrylics Paint
- Roxanne's Quilter's Choice fabric pencil in white
- Singer fabric pencil in white
- Singer fabrics pencil in blue
- Princeton Select Flat brush in a size 10
- Creative Hobbies Multi Purpose Precision Applicator Super Assortment Set (Four 1oz bottle and 8 tip sizes)
- Smaller Flat Brush
- Something to put paint on (I used a sandwich baggie because my paint wells were full of paint I was using)
First, I cut out a few sections to use for this because I didn’t have enough room amongst my organized chaos (you crafters know what I mean!) to get the whole drop cloth out. It cut fairly easily with my paper scissors but I would suggest using actual fabric scissors. PLEASE NOTE, if you need to cut down a drop cloth like this it WILL start fraying so I highly suggest hemming your edges with a sewing machine.
Next, I did test swatches with the different fabric pencils to see what would show up the best on one of my canvas pieces. The blue Singer fabric pencil shows up the best but was not the easiest to write with. The Quilter’s Choice pencil was the easiest to write with and the second best in showing up on the canvas. I sent the canvas piece through the washer. Everything came out nice and clean (duh Rachel…) and as expected there was some fraying on the un-hemmed edges.
Following the swatch test, I decided to show you what it would look like just winging it. I pulled out the applicator set and picked a smaller tip to use for this. Next, I picked a phrase and went to it with just the bottle and tip. If you are newer to lettering or lettering on larger pieces, this could be a challenge. BUT DON’T FRET, that’s why we’re here! (Side note, I think this is going to be easier for those who have that nice muscle memory built up, or are good at cake decorating…I’m not one of those people yet). You will need to keep an even pressure on the bottle as you squeeze. I suggest you do a few trial runs first to get a feel for it.
After getting the basic letters down, you will want to pull out the faux calligraphy skills. I placed a small to medium sized amount of paint on the plastic baggie. Taking my smaller flat brush, I went through and thickened the down strokes. Tip: Pull your canvas/fabric tightly with your hand or something heavy if possible. This is going to reduce the pulling you will experience while using your brush. After I was happy with what was going on with the letters, I let it dry for a full two days before attempting the next step.
I re-swatched with all the fabric pencils on the now dry lettered on canvas and sent it through the washer again…yes agaaaain. The piece came out just fine, thankfully because I also added a load of clothes...don’t tell my hubby.
Now you can letter on canvas with no fear!
PAINTING WITH A STENCIL
I am a silhouette NOOB and whipped up these “stencils” and used the sized 10 flat brush to start laying on paint. In theory, it worked better than I expected! A better stencil is obviously going to work better, and aas mentioned above, you’ll want to pull your fabric tightly here and you'll also want to make sure your stencil isn’t going anywhere so painter's tape or something else a little heavy duty may be helpful here to keep your stencil from moving while you paint.
I hope you’ve all enjoyed this little DIY on fabric painting, or at least learned some things NOT to do when venturing into a craft like this. If you did enjoy this and end up crafting something, please tag Cerise in I so we can oogle your glorious works!
Until next time loves!
Find Rachel on Instagram @theinkyterrier for more amazing art and lettering!