Thursday, April 3, 2014

Into the Woods (with The Printed Fabric Bee)

Yesterday afternoon I locked myself in the studio...I was determined to get Carol Eaton's woodlands fabric done!

I decided to go in a different direction than my original plan. I'd been working on Carol's fabric over the weekend and it was just not jelling (or is it gelling? blue glue gel joke :)) I was working with layers of blue glue gel and paint but it was just too much and not reminding me of woodlands of ANY kind.

I stepped back and went simple. I painted a light brown background and then pulled out one of my favorite texture blocks made out of broken spaghetti.

I printed with white paint to represent this unending winter.

Next, I used two stencils cut from freezer paper. I originally used these stencils for printing a theme fabric about my grandmother's garden. I chose what I considered to be early spring colors.

I added a few painted details.

Above is the final fabric. I rather like it!

Six-inch giveaway fabric

If you'd like a six-inch square of this fabric along with eight other lovely woodland-themed fabrics, don't forget to go to either Carol R. Eaton's or The Printed Fabric Bee's blog and leave a comment. The drawing is April 12th.


  1. I really like your fabric design - very Springy indeed, and beautifully done!

    1. Thanks, Sharmon. I was really happy with it when it was done. Stepping back and going "simple" seemed to work out. Thanks for you comment!

  2. What kind of paint do you use please? The effect is so lovely!

    1. Hi Sarah- I first painted the background (brown) with diluted Pebeo Setacolor Transparent fabric paint. I printed and stenciled over it with Pebeo Setacolor Opaque fabric paints. Thanks for commenting!