Painting Fabric

For the month of May the theme for Documented Life Project was Touchy Feely (Texture) and the art challenge for week 18 was Fabric. The journal prompt was “The Fabric of Your Life”.

I used a scrap of leftover fabric from a dress I made for one of my girls many years ago for a performance. The white fabric had a textured design printed on it.


My inspiration for the challenge was the newly blooming columbine flowers in my garden. I planted them last year and they only grew leaves, so it was exciting to see the blooms this spring.


I drew my design on the fabric using Derwent Inktense Blocks and then blended the color with water. The white design printed on the fabric created a slight resist for the color. When it was dry, I added some lines with black marking pen.



I haven’t been at a place where I could use fabric lately, and I finally had some time to work on DLP. I decided to draw my fabric by drawing some dresses inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest. I used water color pencils and water with a watercolor brush. To add some detail, I used fine tip Sharpie and a white gel pen. I kept having the song “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” go through my head, so I added a verse.


Someone recently commented she loved the fact we were doing the Documented Life Project as a multi-generational activity. The kids are enjoying trying new supplies and techniques in their journey of discovering what they can do with their creativity. They jumped at the chance to try out my Inktense Blocks on fabric.


My Princess:


Ninja Boy:


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