Watercolor pillows? Why not!
I’m still a little enamored with all-things watercolor. I do that…you know, fall madly in love with something and I just can’t let go. Like when I find an author who speaks to me, I read everything they’ve ever written.
And lately I find watery blues and greens all mingling together make my heart sing. Oscar Wilde said: “Mere color, unspoiled by meaning and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.”
So maybe that’s it, since I’m no artist whatever I paint has no definite form…but those colors…ahhh, they speak to my soul.
Last week I showed you my attempt at watercolors on canvas with my easy summer art (posted HERE) This week I decided to try watercolors on fabric…with summer and my screen porch in mind, the fabric seemed perfect for some pillows!
And I kinda like the way they turned out!
If you’re in the mood to give this a try here’s what ‘cha need”
*Heavy box top/box or cardboard
I stretched my fabric across a package of 2 canvases that I haven’t opened yet (they are covered in plastic still), but you can use a box top or cardboard. It just has to be the size of your fabric. I slipped a large piece of paper on top of the package of canvases and underneath my fabric to soak up some of the watery paint…
I water down my acrylic paints. You could use a textile medium to thin your paint but I didn’t have any so I just used water. (the fabric will be softer if you use a textile medium but since these are accent pillows I didn’t mind them being a bit stiff)
I mix the colors and dab/drip/dab the brush onto my fabric. If the edges are too defined for me I quickly wet my brush and dip more water over the color on the fabric to water it down…
After the paint was dry (and it takes a few hours because it’s very wet), I looked at the fabric and thought it needed more color here and there, so I added more. It’s really a matter of what you think looks good!
When the fabric looks like you want it you can sew right sides together and stuff it to make a pillow!
With one of my pieces of fabric I traced some starfish with white chalk and filled in the shapes with very diluted white paint…
The other piece of fabric was super wet with paint and I sat it upright to dry to let the watery paint run a bit…
It dried in motion and that makes me smile.
So that’s 2 watercolor projects (see the Summer Watercolor Art Project HERE), and I’ve got a couple more up my sleeve!
ps…you know your little ones could do this then you could sew a pillow for their room! Great summer project!
Have a color washed day my sweet friends