For my last class we are spray painting layers.
I introduced spraying, but my main goal was to encourage and embrace layering. Sometimes it’s hard to push through to the next layer. Sometimes it doesn’t work out, but more often than not, you will like your results and you will learn from the process.
I am using Marabu Fashion Spray paints. You can use Dye-Na-Flo or even dye, but I thought it would be fun to see how these work. And I absolutely love them!
So we start with a tape resist. I’m using painter’s tape, tearing it into organic shapes. On other pieces I used real narrow tape.
Then to spray. Always start with light colors on the first layer.
Use a heat gun or a hair dryer to dry it before removing the tape.
Remove the tape. Some paint might have gotten under the tape, but that’s okay. That makes your piece special!
And now the first layer is done.
Now it’s time to add the next layer. I added this stencil and sprayed with dark blue.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture with that stencil, but you will see it on the finished piece.
After spraying, cover the stencil with a cloth or paper to remove excess paint before lifting stencil. Using paper will give you extra designs to play with.
I used the dryer again to dry the paint and added another stencil. You can barely see the other stencil under this one. I sprayed with red.
So here is the finished piece. Let the piece dry for a couple hours and then iron on both side to set the paint.
Here are some other pieces.
Here are some pictures from the class. Connie smiles at the camera, while Lea, Barbara, and Kim are hard at play!
I have really enjoyed teaching “live” again. It’s been so much fun!
Some tips for this process:
- Less is always best when spraying.
- Test out the spray on a piece of paper before adding to your fabric.
- Spray at a distance, not close to the project.
- When layering, add light colors first.
- Blot stencil with paper or towel before lifting. Paper can be used in another project.
- Embrace imperfections.
- If you end with a piece that is too dark, or you’re not happy with the design, you can always stamp or print over it with an opaque paint. Or you can use a product like deColourant and remove some of the color.
I absolutely love, love, love these spray paints. And I especially like the spray bottles. I’ve bought several different spray bottles, and haven’t really been that happy with them. These will be great even after the paint is all gone.
Meanwhile, in the “Firsts” category, I caught Ally and Puddin in my recliner the other day. But it was not for long. I’m still holding out hope that they will become fast friends.
As always, thanks for dropping by. Have a colorful day!
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Thank you for sharing your love and passion for the creative arts. Keep up the great work.
I wish l lived closer, and could be apart of your wonderful workshops.
Really liked this email with the spray paints and stencils.
Did you purchase these paints online or at a art/craft store?
Thanks again Lynda…😀👍
Hi Debbie, You are so welcome! I’d love to have you in my class! I purchased these fabric spray paints online from Dharma Trading and they are on sale right now! Thanks for dropping by and commenting.
Your welcome Lynda
Thanks for the info on thespeay paints 😀👍❤️
What lovely work and the cats are gorgeous.
Kathy, Thank you!
Thanks for the class! I love the layers and complexity. Also love that the kitties are getting closer.
What a fun technique to experiment with! I will have to try it. I notice that no one is wearing a mask. Does the spray stay near the work so that breathing it is not an issue?
What an interesting concept! I really like the depth you’ve created. Can you use fiber reactive dyes the same way?
Madalene, The spray does stay close to the work. It is a water-based textile paint which is odorless so I see no problem spraying it without a mask.
Pat, I’ve sprayed fiber reactive dyes before but didn’t do much layering. However, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.
What an interesting technique and your tutorial was wonderful! Makes me want to start spraying right now.
I took a class on mixed media and we layered spray paint as one of the assignments. I hadn’t realized there was now a spray paint for fabric. Thank you for sharing your process. Can’t wait to try it.
Hi Norma, Glad you liked it. Spraying is fun.
Gwyned, When I was into paper, I loved spraying and layering. Of course, you can do the same thing on fabric. However, I’d use a fabric paint. So glad you are interested in trying it.
Thanks for the tutorial with all the pictures. This would be great to do with our local art quilt group.
Jane, You are welcome. Yes, it would be fun for your local art group.