Ever wanted a design on a cushion but not sure how to get it there? Today I’m going to share how to paint fabric, which I did on a cushion cover, it could as easily be a pillowcase or other item of clothing even. You can do this simply with normal watercolour paints and fabric medium:
This cushion cover is from the Re: create book and to create the design, all you need is some watercolour paints, fabric medium, water, brush, a plastic bag and a tumble dryer or iron.
Place a plastic carrier inside your cushion cover to prevent paint colour bleeding onto the back of the cover.
Mix your fabric medium with water. Have another water pot for washing your brushes.
Mix a few shades of lavender colour. Wet your brush with the fabric medium mix and then use to wet your watercolour paints.
Paint the lavender sprigs by painting green stems. You may wish to lightly mark in pencil first. Paint the petals using different tones of lilac and purple.
Paint some green leaves on the bottom of the stems.
If you wish to paint the words also on the cushion, write it in pencil first. You can thicken up the down stems of the letters, the words and letters don’t need to be painted in one stroke, even if they give the impression they were.
When the cover is dry, heat set the paint in the dryer or with a hairdryer.
Fill your cover with a cushion pad, and you have a bespoke cushion design!
Here’s another design I painted on a cushion: