I’ve had a real love and fascination for pretty much anything galaxy themed for awhile now and I’ve slowly been collecting pieces to decorate my second bathroom. While I already have some solid pieces from other awesome artists I wanted to add a more personal touch with some of my own art so I came up with this watercolor on fabric hoop art project. Let me show you how I did it!
WHAT TO GET:
-Wooden embroidery hoops- I used three different sizes for mine, feel free to use whatever shape/size you’d like. We love these ones from Darice.
-Neutral color 100% cotton fabric like this (I experimented a bit and found cotton worked best for this project)
-Watercolor paint- I used these tubes of watercolor paint from Reeves
-Various brushes like these
WHAT TO DO:
Load your hoop(s) with your fabric. The technique I used for the first hoop was complete saturating the fabric in water. Then I gathered some of my paint on my brush and just lightly touched the surface of the fabric, because the fabric was already wet this helped spread out the paint in a very organic look (which was what I was going for). I continued this method until the entire hoop was painted. I let the hoop dry slightly and went in over my base colors and just dropped tiny drops of white paint, because the fabric was still damp the white spread just enough for the look I was going for.
For this technique I left the fabric completely dry. I then loaded up my brush, a medium large round one works best here, and I held it a few inches above the fabric and tapped the brush to release the paint into droplets. You can experiment with how close or far you hold the brush, how hard or how much you tap the brush changes the size and shape of the droplets. I continued until I was happy with the outcome.
For this one I did the same as the first, saturated the fabric completely first and then painted over with one solid color. Then I loaded my brush with just water and tapped it to drop just water droplets over the painted fabric while it was still wet, it creates a look similar to if you spray bleach on something and also works best with darker base colors.
Final steps for all techniques:
Once the fabric dried I took the fabric out to the hoop and ran and hot iron over them, this step isn’t necessary since you won’t be washing them or anything but I just like to take extra precautions and the heat helps set the color. I trimmed the fabric around the hoop and hot glued it down in the back to help secure it into place. Then hung them in my bathroom!
ABOUT NIK VANDEVENTER:
Nik is a maker, day dreamer & potty mouth who loves cats, coffee and craft beer. She is a self taught hand embroider and will DIY pretty much anything she can get her hands on. She is head Boss Bitch behind Wasting Thyme creating & selling naughty hand embroidery and sassy greeting cards. You can find her products at justwastingthyme.etsy.com. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and her three awesome cats (that she can’t shut up about).