Introduction: Fabric Painting Tutorial- Simple Tips to Painting a Purse

Have you ever wanted to paint beautiful designs on your fabric purse but did not know how to? Many purse makers seek to change the look of their handbags by designing its surface with fabric paint. One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to add value to your purse as well as express your creativity is through fabric painting.

Our simple tutorial will get you started on your journey. Do you need to have experience with drawing or painting? No you don't. As a matter of fact you can learn by watching and then by doing. It's simple, easy and lots of fun. A short video tutorial is included in this purse painting lesson..

Step 1: What Fabric Can You Paint On?

The first thing you will need to have is a fabric purse; a tightly woven material is best. You can make it yourself as I have done with this one or you can purchase a ready-made purse in your favorite style. For great results when using colored paints it is suggested that you use a white or light colored fabric as your painting surface. If you choose a darker color then you will need to use an opaque fabric paint.

Step 2: Your Fabric Paints & Materials

The paints I use and recommend are permanent fabric paints. Fabric paints are machine washable, tend to be softer and more manageable than acrylics which sometimes get hard and crack. Using a fabric paint that does not require heat setting is also a plus.

I'm using Tulip Soft non-dimensional paints as well as their dimensional paints, along with Jones Tones foil glue and foil.

Other materials are:

  • Taklon paint brushes (rounded or pointed are good).
  • Wax paper (or something to protect your painting surface).
  • A wide mouth water container
  • A pencil if you want to pre-sketch
  • A French curve is a helpful design tool
  • Foil glue & artist foil paper
  • Sea sponge
  • Hand towels
  • Painter's tape (optional for covering hardware)

Step 3: Designing Your Purse

You don't need to be an artist to do this. You can use shapes, circles, wavy lines etc. to create a design. This is where your French curve will come in handy. If you like you can also trace a design on your fabric or use a ready made stencil. It is not a must to pre-sketch your design; I quite often design as I go without a pencil marking. But if you do choose to layout your design in pencil, avoid making your lines too dark as you will need to ensure that the paint can conceal it completely.

Step 4: Setting Up Your Paint Area for Design

Ensure that your table top or work area is clear of clutter. Bring out all of the paints you would like to use for your project. Cover the surface with your wax paper and have the suggested materials handy to start your project. If you're new to painting you may want to use a bit of masking/painter's tape to cover your hardware.

Step 5: It's Time to Paint Your Fabric Purse

Now that you've gotten your materials together and have prepped your table, it's time to let the fun begin. Watch the video and then try these simple tips yourself for your next artsy project.

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tomatoskins (author)2016-04-05

Great tips! Thanks for sharing and welcome to the community!

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Artsy Lady (author)tomatoskins2016-04-05

Thanks much, tomatoskins, my pleasure.

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