This is a length of fabric that I painted a few years ago. (Please forgive the poor photography.)I have never used it for a couple of different reasons. First, even though I treated it with an industrial fabric softener, I have never really liked the hand of the fabric after painting. Second, I was painting two layers at a time, with this being the top layer. It’s just not that attractive. It’s ok, but the bottom layer is really much nicer.
Since I am starting to play around with surface design again, it seemed like a good time to drag this piece out and give it a makeover. So I laid it out on my kitchen table, as seen above, and started in. I screen printed, I stenciled, I screen printed more, and had a great time with it all. Because this was already painted, with no dye, all the surface design was done with fabric paint.
And this is what happened…
Much more interesting! Not exactly a work of art, but definitely more interesting. And most important, I had a lot of fun doing it!