Fabric Painting is not a recent phenomenon, as is commonly believed; actually, the most ancient instance of fabric painting can be dated back to as early as 3000 B.C. All these long years, fabric painting evolved and modified adding into every bit of contemporary art and style. It would not be wrong to say that fabric painting has carved out a special niche for itself in the field of colors and painting. Today many other techniques of fabric painting have been developed around the world.

What make you choose Fabric painting?

Fabric painting is a unique form of painting that finds vibrant expression on the fabrics. Painting on fabrics has now become a popular homemade handcraft and is practiced by much whether as a hobby or as a part of life. The best part of this is that with simple techniques and procedures alluring paintings can be carved out in an affordable cost. It is due to these reasons fabric paintings has a demanding market nowadays.

Where it is used?

Fabric painting is used nowadays in vogue in ladies top, men shirts and ties, hand bangs, upholstery, curtains, wall hangings, cushion covers and more. You don’t have to be very adept in painting to become a fabric painter. What you require are some creative skills and solid knowledge on the various methods of fabric paintings. The rest will happen automatically.

How it is done?

Fabric painting is all about mixing colors and applying heat in proportions. The work of a fabric painter is like that of chemist mixing colors and perceiving the reactions. The fun lies in the fact that he or she should know what amount of color and heat to use in order to create a particular form of fabric painting.

Popular forms of fabric painting

There are numerous forms of fabric painting and among them the popular ones are Siberia, batik painting, silk screening, dyeing, layering and watercolor painting.

Amongst all the above mentioned fabric painting forms, dyeing is thought to be the simplest and the most common form. In dyeing, some parts of the fabric are tied and merged into a colored dye solution while some other parts are abstained from dyeing. When folded in a particular shape, a design integrating the colored and the uncolored segments comes up. Batik Painting, done by blending wax and dye is one of the most favored among the fabric painters. In Batik painting, first the fabric is waxed, then dyed and finally de-waxed. Siberia, a Japanese form of tie-dye painting, lures everyone with its pleats, creases, loops, colorful motifs and stitches. Siberia form of fabric painting is a bit tedious and involves an array of processes.

The use of Fabric

Fabric is made from thread and yarn formed together by knitting or weaving. Its texture and strength depend on the origin of the thread. The most commonly used fabric is velvet; the cut of the thread is evenly distributed in this fabric. Canvas is most commonly used in tents and sails and most recently, handbags. Canvas is also used as bases for works of art.

Modern styles in painting to take advantage of the texture and “roughness” of the surface of the canvas. Flannel is most known as a fabric for bed sheets. It is made from wool or cotton wool. Later on, flannel was used as clothing worn in cold weather. This type of fabric is either woven in a plain weave or tight weave.

Without any doubt, it can be said that fabric painting is really making its presence felt. In addition to that, the modern tinge that has been added to this art form is also working like a golden touch. Surely, fabric painting has a very good future.

Art Ezine Source by Murtaza Habib

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