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Embroidery Painting -- Paint on Fabric with Liquid Paint
From time to time I come across vintage linens with paint embroidery on them instead of the more typical embroidery done with thread.
The look of these tea towels and dresser scarves is sweet and simple. I just love them! I found the tea towel shown here at a thrift store.
Growing up, my mom kept the liquid embroidery paint in tubes on hand. She would iron a transfer pattern onto a tea towel, and my sister and I would "embroider" it with the paint. It was so easy and fun!
Decorate linens like baby bibs, pillowcases, tote bags, and so much more with paint embroidery.
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Paint Embroidery on a Pillowcase - Lovely Crocheted Trim on This Vintage Linen
This pillowcase is "embroidered" with bold colors and a big design. Of course, this isn't real embroidery, with needle and thread. It's paint embroidery.
The use of such bold strokes with fabric paint is somewhat unusual, from what I've seen. Paint embroidery is usually done in much simple designs with less "painted" or filled in surfaces. It makes a statement, for sure!
These Paints Are Easy and Fun
These fun liquid embroidery paints that I'm highlighting here are made in the United States. They are lead free and nontoxic, so you know they're safe for you and your kids to use. The oil-based paint is permanent though, so you may want to wear disposable gloves while painting till you get the hang of it.
The embroidery paint comes in 1-ounce tubes of oil-based paint with a tip on the end. They are used similar to a ballpoint pen.
The paint can be applied to fabric, wood, metal, and more. With this versatility, they can be used in endless ways for crafts and decorating.
The paints come in the primary colors, jewel tones, country colors, and pastel shades.
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Embroidery Paint in Primary Colors - Tubes of liquid paint to decorate linens
These fun liquid embroidery paints come in the following primary colors: black, red, brown, green, blue, white, yellow, and orange.
Liquid Embroidery Paint -- Pastel Colors
The liquid embroidery paints come in the following pastel colors: light green, light blue, lilac, pink, aqua, caucasian, banana cream, and lavender.
Tips for Embroidery Painting
It's Easy If You Know What You're Doing
Like any other craft, it's good to know a few tips before you start. With paint embroidery, it's pretty straightforward but these tips might help:
~ Stretch the fabric well to make it taunt.
~ Hold the paint tube straight up and down so the ballpoint works best.
~ Place cardboard or blotting paper directly under the layer of fabric you're painting to keep the paint from bleeding through to another layer of fabric or the surface you're working on. This is especially helpful when working with a shirt.
~ Wipe the point of the tube with a paper towel dipped in nail polish remover after use to clean the point.
~ Let the paint dry completely, about two or three days is best, before wearing or washing it.
Source: How to Use Embroidery Paints
Embroidery Paint in Jewel Tones
The jewel tone embroidery paints come in the following colors: purple, rose, teal, navy, cherry, chartreuse, dark yellow, and pine.
Table Runner Adorned with Fabric Paint
This vintage table runner was painted with fabric paint instead of ordinary embroidery. I love the subtle colors that have faded a bit, I'm sure, over time and from washings.
Embroidery Paint in Country Colors
Country colors of embroidery paint come in these shades: brick red, forest green, berry pink, prairie blue, rust, tan graphite, and avocado.
Iron On Transfers for Paint Embroidery - Choose your style: Vintage Animals, Days of the Week, Nature, and More
Doodle Stitching - Try this with fabric paints!
Embroidery Paint Accessories - Hoops, Replacement Tips, Blotting Paper
When doing embroidery painting with the tubes of liquid paint, a few handy accessories make all the difference in having fun and doing a great job.
This 10-inch hoop is a solid metal hoop to use to secure your fabric when doing paint embroidery or any other fabric painting. The metal surface is perfect for pressing against when applying the fabric paint.
Just what it says: replacement tips for the paint tubes.
Keep your embroidery paint supplies at hand and organized. This hard-shelled storage case holds 43 ballpoint tubes plus has room for accessories.
Keep the paint tips clean for easier painting.
Fabric Markers Are Similar to Paint Embroidery - Great for Kids Craft Projects
Another option is to let kids decorate a tee shirt or tote bag with fabric markers. When you follow the instructions, these colors will last a good long time!
My grandkids love using fabric markers on fabric. They've decorated shirts and tote bags. When they are careful, take their time, and pay attention, the end result is really nice!
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