Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Painting on Fabric
This past weekend, I became slave to an idea. That admittedly bright idea was to make nametags for the students' handwork that did not involve merely writing their name on watercolor paper and punching a hole in it. Oh no, I could not do that again. The nametags would fall apart before September and I'd have to do it again.
So, I painted on muslin and used the fabric to sew nametags. Of course, in setting up painting, here comes 5-year-old Serena, "I want to paint, too." What fun! Her painting was made into a wallhanging.
The painting we did was just like wet-on-wet watercolor painting, only we used wet muslin instead. We did use really good fabric paints (Setacolor by Pebeo) but you could use regular watercolors.
By the way, I don't want to make a long post here, but my favorite book for children's painting (and creativity in general) is Kid's Play by Michele Cassou. If you do any art for children, get this book. And buy Life, Paint, Passion for yourself (same author).