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Friday, April 21, 2017

How to paint an Ikat pattern on a Canvas Bag

Hello Blogger Friends:

I paint this "Ikat" pattern canvas bag with My "DecoArt Sosoft Fabric Paints" to give away for the "hospitality bag program" for the Decorative Painting chapter: "Toling Belles of Santa Clara", that I belong to...

ikat pattern canvas bag front

Do you want to learn how to make an "Ikat" pattern?

First a little bit of explanation of what is "Ikat":
"Ikat" refers to a type of geometric shaped fabric found in Asia and in Latin America. The threads are dyed before being waved into an ethnic and tribal pattern, creating an uneven and "blurry" pattern. 

ikat pattern canvas bag front

So here it is a quick tutorial step by step on how to reproduce this fun, easy and so trendy pattern...
keep in mind that you can follow these steps choosing any type of geometric shape...
I choose a zigzag design but you can do the same steps with squares, triangles, circles and so on...

First gather your supplies:
canvas bag, "Sosoft" fabric paints from DecoArt and some brushes
draw with a pencil the initial shape; in my case it was a chevron/zigzag pattern

ikat pattern canvas bag supplies

step 1:
mix some blue "Sosoft" fabric paint with some "Sosoft" transparent medium
(this makes brushing paints more easy to slide into the fabric).
paint a broad and "loosely" chevron pattern onto the canvas

ikat pattern canvas bag step 1
(place a cardboard piece, see photo; inside to avoid paint going through the other side and for sturdiness)

step 2:
place/paint another color on top of that stripe (turquoise)

ikat pattern canvas bag step 2

step 3:
add stripes of gold;
top, bottom of the dark blue and on top of turquoise

ikat pattern canvas bag step 3

step 4;
I glued a gold ribbon on the top

ikat pattern canvas bag with gold ribbon

step 5:
I added a felt flower brooche/pin
Click here to see how to make these felt brooches

ikat pattern canvas bag with felt flower

and here it is the final result
a quick and fun canvas bag painted by you

ikat pattern canvas bag with felt flower

BTW if you want to check out what the other painters from my chapter did for their donation bags
Click: "Hospitality Bags"

Thanks for the company 

and see you soon with another DIY project
Using DecoArt Sosoft Fabric paints


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Holy Week: Happy Easter!

Joyeuses Pâques!

Feliz Semana Santa!

holy week happy easter butterfly card front

The butterfly "Dream Butterfly" is from "Poppystamps" die collection...
for The light blue butterfly: I cut the extra wings to make it smaller and place it on top of the dark blue one
the solid background is cut with scissors roughly after tracing the die silhouette on blue paper

holy week happy easter butterfly detail

the stems are taken from seaweed dies

holy week happy easter butterfly card flower detail
Wishing Peace, 
and Harmony to all! 

holy week happy easter butterfly card front view


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Holy Week: Beautiful Garden

Hello Dear Friends:

On this Saturday, I am bringing you this magical and faerie garden...

holy week; beautiful garden front card

I used mainly "Poppystamps" Dies from the Spring release...
The Butterfly was sponged with various distress inks

holy week; beautiful garden detail butterfly

close up of the faerie and the stitched flowers

holy week; beautiful garden detail faerie

I hope you are having a wonderful Holy Week...

holy week; beautiful garden view side

Until tomorrow!