Thursday, October 6, 2011

Painting on Fabric

Probably many of us can remember being a very young age and getting caught scribbling or painting on the walls.  
Well, I must have been pretty young, I don't actually remember it, but my mom always teased me about it as I got older. 



I do remember however, that I LOVED to "color" with my friend Kelly.  We would spend hours with our coloring books and crayons.  
I can see myself as a child, lying on the floor with my favorite coloring book, tongue sticking out, trying my hardest to
  "stay within the lines." 


With that said, I think I probably still stick my tongue out sometimes when I paint!
I painted this piece on fabric with acrylic paints.  To add more character and another medium I sat down at my sewing machine and free-motioned stitched all the lines, only this time I just let it be messy and not worry about going outside the lines.
I kind of like that it's called "free-motion" stitching don't you? 


I can tell this painting on fabric, then stitching over it is going to become habit forming.
It sure was fun! 


I'm linking up again with
Paint Party Friday
Thanks for another great week of painting fun!
I also wanted to join in with the fun I've been seeing at
Artist's in Blogland
So much inspiration out there!



Happy Friday everyone!
I feel a bit behind reading blogs.  I'm looking forward to some time this weekend to get caught up.
It's supposed to be beautiful weather here, so I'll be sitting outside doing a bit of blog hopping.
What are you doing this weekend?

Becca 

74 comments:

RobanStudio said...

Becca, this is lovely! I remember coloring as my favorite past time too. I love the stitching on the fabric! Happy PPF :-)

Phoenix Peacock said...

this looks like so much fun and makes me wish I had a working sewing machine!!!

Clare said...

I love what you have done here. Free-motion sewing is such fun - I have also tried a few things - its such fun to try new ideas and experiment with all sorts of different mediums and styles.

Zondra Art said...

Amazing colors and beautiful work Becca! Good job, I lake it!

Have a great weekend, kisses:)

Pointy Pix said...

your post made me so nostalgic as I can totally remember spending ages colouring in and trying not to go outside the line either!!

I love what you've done here - I've never tried painting on fabric - are those special paints for that? Free-motion is a fantastic name for this kind of stitching and I really like how it is deliberately not being careful - the effect is so much more pleasing!
Happy PPF. This weekend we'll mostly be curled up on the sofa in front of the wood burning stove as its set to be cold and wet (as always!)

Lorraine said...

you have been busy latelly. Love the colours of our fabric painting as they are so vibrant. Those tealight holders are superb and our drawings are fab..have a great weekend

Yvonne said...

Fun! Love your free motion work. I love doing it on my art quilts. Also I use crayons on fabric, then iron out the wax. Leaves very nice colors and then you can free motion the design or whatever. I'm fixing to do a baby quilt for my niece, from coloring book designs. I always loved coloring too. Happy PPF.

Tracy said...

Ooo... this is wonderful, Becca! I love the bold stitching around the bright, colorful shapes--it just makes it all "pop" even more!And I like the idea of painting on fabric. Canvas, what I paint on now, is a fabric... But this you're doing is different fun. I was a coloring & crayons kind of girl too. Still am. ;o) A fresh blank book and some Crayolas or markers, better than Christmas! haha... Enjoy the weekend :o) ((HUGS))

Janelle said...

I love painting on fabric and then stitching, or stitching and then coloring it in with my water soluble crayons. It is quite addicting. Your painting is lovely. Have fun this weekend.

Catherine said...

Such wonderful colors on this lovely flower Becca!

It is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada ~ so I will be eating some turkey!! :)

xo Catherine

TexWisGirl said...

i like the roughness and freedom you allowed yourself with this. makes it fun and engaging too!

Lesley said...

I just love to colour in! This is wonderful. So vibrant and glorious designs.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

love the colors and art style ~ awesome ~ thanks ~Happy PPF ~ namaste, Carol ^_^ (Share the Creative Journey) ps ~ am also following you on GFC ~ ^_^

NatashaMay said...

Great colorful doodles. I don't remember scribling on walls either. ::) But I do remember traumatizing about going outside the lines in the coloring book. I still remember it today. :)

EVA said...

Gorgeous!

Love the vibrant colours you chose. The stitching does give a lovely effect - will it be something eventually (like a pillow or...)?

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow, Becca. You had me at "fabric." I adore this beauty. Sorry I've been gone for what seems like days on end, but I'm back now to catch up on your posts. And I really, really like how you painted on fabric. Stunning.

I wish my machine did free motion stitching. But I still try to follow some of my paintings this way. I like that it truly IS free motion.

Dianne said...

Hi! I found your blog last night and I'm glad I did! LOVE this fabric! It's so happy and bold... This weekend, I'll be finishing my friend's wedding centerpieces and bouquets, then participating in her wedding as her maid of honor. It's going to be a busy one!

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Now THESE opened my early morning eyes and put a smile on my face! Great colors!!

lilylovekin said...

You are always busy trying something new. The colors are so bright and happy. Enjoy your cool weather, it has cooled down here in Scottsdale and is wonderful.

Torunn said...

You are so incredibly good! Beautiful color combinations and amazing drawn / painted.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

OK, and wow!! I love the brilliant colors, wouldn't that make a incredible pillow?

Cooking two Thanksgiving dinners...going be a fun weekend.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

KAT said...

AMAZING art ! I just love the vibrancy of the color and the black stitching is so genius !

- KAT -

Christine said...

love this, it's very creative!

NuminosityBeads said...

So incredibly vibrant and now with my new satellite internet I can see ALL of your pictures at once from the comfort of my home! My life is changed now that I've given dial-up a swift kick in the butt., it was cramping my style so much.
Thanks for the bright post, and I hope to be a better blogger buddy again.
xoxo Kim

Linda R. said...

This looks beautiful.. I just love those vibrant colors.. And the stitching looks wonderful..

We just past Baker... Blogging make the trip a little bit quicker..

Hugs, Linda

NuminosityBeads said...

Oh, and you asked what the weekend was bringing....
We're hosting a little show of our own with 6 vendors called the Ester Crafty Bizarro in the little village adjacent to Fairbanks. It's special to me because The other vendors are my son and his friends. He's been printing up some T-shirts and things. It's my first Mother- son show and I think we'll have fun even if no one shows although with all of the social networking now the word may have gotten out more than I think.

Joni Nickrent said...

GORGEOUS! Love! Love! Love all of the vibrant and bold colors! POP ART MINIS

Gillian Olson said...

Looks like a fun project, love the colours.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Wow! This is awesome!!
Amazing combination of vibrant colors and gestural stitching!!
Love it!

Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mary C. Nasser Art Blog

iamrushmore said...

oh wow - I am so drawn to this! The colors and patterns are amazing, and I love the free motion stitching. The outlining makes the flowers pop off the background, and the looseness of it gives it so much energy. I am "sewing impaired" and admire the fabric artists of the world.

Jenn Girl said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love it! I've always wanted to give it a try! Maybe I will!

Megan said...

Beautiful combination of paint and sewing!! Love the colors you used as well :) Happy PPF!

carlarey said...

I like this a lot. It's so bright and fun...I can see how it would become habit-forming.

SHERI C said...

What a fascination combination of mediums! I want to see the whole piece! So glad you shared this. Happy PPF!

Anonymous said...

I love what the stitching adds to this!

Steph said...

the piece is beautiful and the stitching ads the interest.. happy PPF Becca!!!

Gloria said...

Love the vibrancy and the stitching really brings it out. Great job. Very nicely done.

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Okay, wowee Becca, whatcha going to make with this. Or are you going to frame it? Love those bright colorful choices! xox Corrine

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Gorgeous and dazzling..your work is stunning and colors are inspiring..
Victoria

WrightStuff said...

Oh yes, I remember those colouring days so well too! I had so many colouring books. I've tried to interest my son in colouring but he'd rather be on the computer!

I also remember drawing on the lounge wall once and getting into a whole HEAP of trouble!

kimmie said...

Fun project!! I can see at it would be addictive!! Enjoy your weekend! TJIF!

Geckostone said...

Oh Becca, what a cool idea! I want to try it too! This came out spectacular! You crack me up, " still stick out my tongue". I never thought about it, I probably do too,lol! Deb

Linda said...

Becca, this is gorgeous...I really love the technique, and the colors you have chosen are wonderful!

Ayala Art said...

What a punch of color! Looks so happy, really neat.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Becca, your painted fabric would be pretty enough but the free motion stitching takes it to a whole 'nother level of fabulous! :) Hope your weekend is wonderful! Tammy

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I LOVE this free form fabric paintings- your colors are so lively and lovely- just beautiful work!
Happy PPF (a day late ;))
Stephanie

Dianne said...

gorgeous colors! once in college, after exams, I bought a coloring book and crayons, laid down on the floor and colored! very relaxing...

Kristin said...

Hey Spider! (okay, I like Becca much better ;)
This is a gorgeous piece! I love that you did it on fabric - the bold color and addition of sewing is just beautiful. What a wonderful piece and blog - how have I not seen you before this? Thank you for becoming a follower - right back at ya, Kristin xo

Mandy said...

seriously, what is NOT TO LOVE ABOUT THIS...i want to have a go at this now....thgankyou for such a wonderfully inspiring piece...xxx

peggy aplSEEDS said...

wow, Becca, your free motion stitching is amazing! i have a sewing machine right on the far end of my desk but i think it would take me ages before i could control the stitches like this. wonderful project!

lisa said...

I LOVE this Becca!
The colors are so wonderfully vibrant and cheerful.
So nicely done!

bohemiannie! art said...

Absolutely LOVEly painting!

Joni Nickrent said...

Love this...popping by from Show and Tell for a second peek! POP ART MINIS

Tracey Fletcher King said...

This is so beautiful and your sewing skills blow me away. I had to sew a button on during the week and I needed a lie down after... this would give me a breakdown I think... but it is soooo beautiful!

linda said...

This is so beautiful with such vibrant colour. What a wonderful idea to use stitching as the lines. It works so well.

Manon said...

Hi Becca so pleased to meet you and thank you for your lovely comments on my blog!!
I am going to put you on my side bar so I won't lose touch.
I just absolutely love your art!
ManonX

Paula said...

Oh, happiness :)

Kristin Dudish said...

Absolutely gorgeous - I love the looseness of your stitched lines and your vibrant paint colors look amazing against the black thread!

xo
Kristin

Jean said...

Love your blog and love the bright colors painted on fabric. i started painting on fabric 25 years ago--and still enjoy it. Although, products are so much better now and you have so many more choices. Paint and stitch what fun.

creatingme said...

wow, so vibrant and fun. Just love!!!

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

I was always coloring when I was little too. I had loads of coloring books that I colored from beginning to end. :) I love your bright creation. So pretty. The stitching over the painting looks really cool too!

Judy S. said...

So pretty, Becca! I love your vibrant colors. How do you make them that way?

Hybrid J said...

Such vibrant work, bright colors and cute pattern.

Tammie said...

this is gorgeous, i love your mix of colors, fabric, stitching and paint, fun fun!

Rosie said...

This is so fantastic, Becca! You are amazing - so many talents!!! I also love that it's called free motion ;-) And I also loved colouring when I was a child! But I'd be lost with a sewing machine, even in free motion ;-)

Linda said...

That is so pretty!! I think it would be a lot of fun too!

justine said...

you are so clever! this looks absolutely fantastic I am so impressed!

Cynthia Eloise said...

isn't it nice to be a grown up and not to have to stay in the lines. love your fabric painting. great colors.

Fallingladies said...

totally love this, the colors are soooo incredible and bright against the black stitching!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

So beautiful! the colors are bright and cheery; love this piece.

hellopalz said...

Vibrant colors... lovely flowers!

Nora CG said...

It look that you had tons of fun, It's simply beautiful, colorful and very happy!!!

Geri Centonze said...

This is beautiful! Something I've never tried - painting on fabric...ooh, looks like so much fun.

Theresa said...

Stunning colors and painting. I so want to paint on fabric after seeing yours. Happy PPf! Theresa