I should have called this “DIY painted floursack dish towels and some other random painted projects”. I went to town with my paint brush before DIY magazine arrived. Let me explain:
I was fortunate enough that Liquitex send me a little blogger box a couple of weeks ago with some goodies in it. (this is not a sponsored post but I did receive the blogger box for review and all opinions are 100% my own)
Lacey (the DIY stylist) had turned me on to flower sack towels. I had actually never heard of them before.
Also always wash, dry and iron your fabric before attempting to paint it.
I used the same sized cross for my first two towels.
I cut out the cross on a piece of paper and traced it on the towels with a pencil:
Then I taped off the cross shape with some painters tape and used the Liquitex brush and custom acrylic fabric paint to fill in the cross shape.
After that I removed the tape and let the cross dry. You always need to heat set the fabric paint. Some people use an iron but I usually prefer to just throw my dried painted fabric into the hot dryer for a couple of minutes. Much much easier in my opinion.
And here are my finished cross kitchen towels which go with my cross hallway:
I should have cleaned my griddle a little more, oops 😉
I had to throw the last photo in there because I’m sure you noticed the other kitchen towel that was under the cross towels and I had to show you what inspired me to paint the second set.
If you guessed my owl kitchen towel art (click HERE) then you guessed right. And some of you might say “Hey wait a minute, that’s not an original idea! There are pillows and curtains out there in the blogosphere already!” which is so true. Caitlin Wilson Textiles has these gorgeous pillows (click HERE).
But ultimately, my owl is what made me decide to paint the towels but I also had the Caitlin Wilson pillows in the back of my head too.
They were so easy to paint! The Liquitex brush was the perfect size to paint the random little brush strokes. Imperfections and randomness are key here:
And I didn’t stop there. I painted some brush strokes on a canvas for the dining room and two white Ikea GURLI pillows for the living room (because I had them stashed away and still fabric paint leftover).
A little brush stroke overkill perhaps, but I promise I spread it out throughout the house.
Also see more in this spring tour HERE:
This was a little sneak peek at the DIY magazine shot. Aren’t those new Target vases on the mantel pretty?
It was fun to paint these easy fabric painting projects. Something easy anyone can try do.
I think on Wednesday I will post a little bit about behind the scenes of the DIY magazine photo shoot, so make sure to stop back.
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