I definitely took a chance on this project. No, painting on fabric isn’t really anything super new but I was concerned about how the fabric would feel after an application of paint. Would it be scratchy? Smelly? Turns out, no! The fabric is certainly more rigid once the paint is applied, but not enough so to bother me. And certainly not uncomfortable when it’s propped behind me on the sofa. I love the tie dye effect the paint had on the pillow and without the mess of tie dye.
I’m kind of excited to play around with some new versions of these faux finish /tie dye pillows – stay tuned!
Pillow case (pre-made or whip up one of your own)
Painter’s tape (I like Frog brand)
Acrylic paint of your choice (I used a navy shade)
I ended up making a pillow case from scratch, so I laid out my (cut) fabric before I sewed it into a pillow case. I measured it about 5 inches from each side and laid out the painter’s tape. I used a cotton blend for the pillow case and the painter’s tape surprisingly stuck pretty well to the tape.
Then I mixed the blue acrylic paint with the textile medium, per the manufacturer’s directions.
With a brush, I dabbed on some paint and started with very light strokes. I was going for a textured look, so I’d add a little more here and there until I got the look I wanted.
When I was satisfied with the paint effect, I let it dry for just a few minutes and then very carefully peeled off the painter’s tape off.
I then sewed the fabric piece into an envelope-style pillow case. You can see this tutorial for directions on how to sew an envelope-style throw pillow.