Spray Painting Layers

For my last class we are spray painting layers.

I introduced spraying, but my main goal was to encourage and embrace layering. Sometimes it’s hard to push through to the next layer. Sometimes it doesn’t work out, but more often than not, you will like your results and you will learn from the process.

I am using Marabu Fashion Spray paints. You can use Dye-Na-Flo or even dye, but I thought it would be fun to see how these work. And I absolutely love them!

So we start with a tape resist. I’m using painter’s tape, tearing it into organic shapes. On other pieces I used real narrow tape.

Then to spray. Always start with light colors on the first layer.

Use a heat gun or a hair dryer to dry it before removing the tape.

Remove the tape. Some paint might have gotten under the tape, but that’s okay. That makes your piece special!

And now the first layer is done.

Now it’s time to add the next layer. I added this stencil and sprayed with dark blue.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture with that stencil, but you will see it on the finished piece.

After spraying, cover the stencil with a cloth or paper to remove excess paint before lifting stencil. Using paper will give you extra designs to play with.

I used the dryer again to dry the paint and added another stencil. You can barely see the other stencil under this one. I sprayed with red.

So here is the finished piece. Let the piece dry for a couple hours and then iron on both side to set the paint.

Here are some other pieces.

Here are some pictures from the class. Connie smiles at the camera, while Lea, Barbara, and Kim are hard at play!

I have really enjoyed teaching “live” again. It’s been so much fun!

Some tips for this process:

  • Less is always best when spraying.
  • Test out the spray on a piece of paper before adding to your fabric.
  • Spray at a distance, not close to the project.
  • When layering, add light colors first.
  • Blot stencil with paper or towel before lifting. Paper can be used in another project.
  • Embrace imperfections.
  • If you end with a piece that is too dark, or you’re not happy with the design, you can always stamp or print over it with an opaque paint. Or you can use a product like deColourant and remove some of the color.

I absolutely love, love, love these spray paints. And I especially like the spray bottles. I’ve bought several different spray bottles, and haven’t really been that happy with them. These will be great even after the paint is all gone.

Meanwhile, in the “Firsts” category, I caught Ally and Puddin in my recliner the other day. But it was not for long. I’m still holding out hope that they will become fast friends.

As always, thanks for dropping by. Have a colorful day!

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