A Guide to Watercolor Paint on Fabric

If you have seen any of my work, you know I love mostly white spaces, with subtle hints of color. However, there is something about Spring time that always makes me crave color, color and more color!

I have to feed this craving, or it gets out of control So the other day, I busted out my “mommy only” watercolor paints, and discovered a way to watercolor paint on fabric, for amazingly beautiful results.

I painted and painted on some white fabric samples, and then determined they would make the most beautiful pillow throws for our porch swing. The kiddos really love them as well.

Keep reading here, and I will teach you how to watercolor paint on fabric – and some tricks to the trade I learned along the way.


1. Watercolor Paints  2. Fabric Medium  3. Water 4. Brushes  5. Garbage bags



To get started, fill your 2 cups with water, half way. One of the cups will be used to wet your paints. In the other, you will need to add some of the fabric medium to the water.


With your brush nice and wet in the plain water, wet your watercolor paints.


This leaves plenty of pigment on your brush, and you are ready to spread it on your fabric.


The less watered down your paint is, the stronger the color. The wetter the paint is, the lighter the color and the more it will spread.


Once you have painted your fabric as desired, use the water with the paint medium added to it and paint over the entire surface.

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