Custom Fabrics With Fabric Transfer Paints

I recently bought a set of transfer paints for fabric after seeing a fab video on youtube on how to convert hand painted backgrounds into printed fabric!

You can view the short teaser video I saw on Colouricious’s Youtube Channel here:

Being a bit of a background junkie these paints appealled to me so I immediately wanted some!

The paints I used are by a UK company called Colourcraft who make a vast range of inks, paints and dyes for textiles and papercrafts.

You can read more about the company’s range of transfer inks here:


I got my transfer paints from Rainbow Silks, they have a set of 12 paints for only Β£12.25, which is very good value I think. They are actually cheaper on the Colourcraft website but they dont have an online shopping cart so I couldnt check out my order without using the phone and I cant hear on the phone (I’m deaf) so that was out of the question! So I had to get mine from Rainbow Silks, the url for the paints I bought is:

Today was the first time I’d sat down and played with the paints and I was really impressed!

The paints themselves are nice and gooey, kinda like acrylic paints in consitency, when I first used them I was a bit dissapointed by the colours in the pots, they were supposed to be BRIGHT and they sure didnt look bright. The golden yellow looked more like yukky light brown, so as you can imagine I was preparing myself to be let down by these paints and told myself not toΒ  get my hopes up too high.

I painted some splodges of paint onto A6 sheets of drawing paper, the instructions say use cartridge paper, I found ordinary printing/copier paper and drawing paper works well.

The paints themselves are fast drying, I only needed to get the heat gun out to speed up the thicker areas of paint I had applied.

Once dried, I used the iron on the hottest setting, and pressed the backgrounds onto the fabric until the paints transfered.

Wow! Instant printed fabrics!!

I was impressed, and that mucky old brown did indeed turn out to be a nice bright yellow afterall!!

The beauty of these paints is that you can use the painted backgrounds many times to transfer onto the fabric, you just get a slightly paler version of it each time. Also if you use a LOT of paint you get a nice brighter colour effect too. The hotter the iron, the better the paints transfer onto the fabric.

You can only transfer onto manmade fabrics such as evolon, lutradur, polyester, organza etc, but Colourcraft have a medium called ‘transfix’ which enables you to use these paints with natural fabrics such as silks and cottons too!

When your background will no longer transfer paint onto your fabric you still have a nice handmade background which you could use in cards or artist trading cards! So all is not lost πŸ™‚

Heres my pictures below of the painted backgrounds I did on drawing paper, as you can see the colours arent all that nice on the paper:

These are the fabric versions of the painted backgrounds which I ironed onto white fabric:

Below are some postcard sized sheets of vilene which I also transfered some of the paints onto to see what they would look like:

I had a lotta fun playing with these paints and must experiment some more! In the meantime Ive got some nice new painted fabrics to embellish πŸ™‚

Various Fabric Postcards

I finished these textile art postcards off last week and uploaded them onto my facebook page but forgot to upload them onto my wordpress blog!

Here they are, better late than never huh πŸ˜‰

Im really addicted to working with postcards with the sewing machine as they are a perfect size to experiment and play on – they arent too small and not too big πŸ™‚

As usual, you can click on the images to see a bigger version:

Fused felting wool and fibers fused together on a sheet of iron on bondaweb to create a piece of handmade fabric.

Angelina film & fibers fused onto a sheet of black painted lutradur and the over stitched.

Pink felting wool fused onto a sheet of organza using bondaweb, I attached the fibers, yarns and ribbons using top stitching.

Felted Leaf Postcard, Im addicted to sewing with yellow cotton!!! Its so bright πŸ™‚

Another piece of handmade fabric I made using felting wool and fibers fused together with bondaweb then embellished with stitches.

Black painted Lutradur, angelina fibers and ordinary fibers and yarn sewn with nice bright yellow thread πŸ™‚ Flower attached with brads (above and below)

Below is one of them stuffed art quilts I made using the instructions on Teesha Moore’s YouTube video, I decided to do mine on the sewing machine. I WAS going to make it into a large binder cover…BUT the cat stole it from me! I actually managed to take a picture off it after the cat finally got up off it….

So it WAS an art quilt but it ended up being a cat bed!!

Lutradur & Angelina Fabric Piece

Yesterday I managed to do some more sewing on my new machine, Ive been feeling really ill for the last few days and have been unable to do any sewing so when I finally sat down in front of the machine yesterday I was raring to go and get stuck in!

I finished off a piece I began working on before my health threw a wobbler, this is a sheet of layered fabric I created by sewing together a layer of painted Lutradur, pressed Angelina Fibers, Skeleton Leaves and some tiny snippings of yarns and threads.Β  I used a sheet of fusable webbing to press the layers together so I could sew them with ease.

Here is what the Angelina & Lutradur piece looked like before I added the flowers and further embellishments, its very shiny and sparkly and doesnt photograph very well:

Below is the finished piece, I hand sewed the silk flowers on using a nice variegated pearl cotton and added further machine stitches using yellow thread for contrast and then sewed it onto a layer of dark blue felt. I know the border is wonky – its intentional πŸ™‚ (so I keep saying) Im thinking of putting some eyelets into it and converting it into a wall hanger.

Heres the finished piece:

First Handmade Art Quilt

Ive just finished off making my first art quilt using both my mini stitch machine and my embellisher.

Ive had my ministitch for a while, I got it free with a magazine subscription but never used it until now. Im contemplating buying a full sized sewing machine and thought if Im going to buy a full sized one I might as well get the mini one out of the box and see how I go.

I still have nightmares from my sewing classes at school where the teacher would continually ridicule me for not being able to thread a sewing machine up properly. So being mentally scarred for life, I was very hesitent at using the ministitch which is why its been locked away in its box since it arrived, mocking me in silence, telling me I’ll never use it.

Well this evening I conquered my fears and rose to the challenge and got the beast out of the box, its one of these types below incase your wondering, it may only be small but its damn scary lemme tell ya πŸ˜‰

The Beast!Anyway I did a test run first with a sheet of Indian silk paper I had, I had previously painted it with gouache paint just to see how it took the colour, as you can see it took to it beautifully. I wanted to recreate the freemotion style of machine sewing which is what I did for this test piece:

Okay so that wasnt so bad, it wasnt so painful as I thought it would be, I was pratically quaking at the knees…thankfully it came already threaded up so god help me when it runs out of thread!!!

Encouraged I decided to finish off a needle felted piece I had been working on.

Star Quilt How To:

The main square in the center of the quilt is actually a recyled baby wipe which I had kept aside after a painting session, Id applied too much ink to a canvas so I used a baby wipe to mop up the excess and left it out to air dry.

Once it had dried, the baby wipe looked like a piece of wonderful hand painted fabric! I knew I just had to use it so I did πŸ™‚

I decided to fuse a sheet of red organza to the baby wipe with my embellisher machine, I love using organza with the felting machine as it makes the fabric take on a lovely distressed yet shiny texture.

Once I had fused the organza and babywipe together I drew a star shape onto a sheet of yellow felt using a marker pen and then cut it out and fused that over the top to create a centrepiece.

Next I used metallic gold wool to sew an outline all around the edges of the star to make it kinda pop off the babywipe.

Then came the nerve wrecking part, using the beast to sew the freemotion stitches onto the actual babywipe. I zoomed around the piece until I was happy with how it looked and then stopped.

To finish the quilt off I used a sheet of wadding behind the babywipe to give it a little padding and then layered it onto a sheet of navy blue felt. Then I got the beast out again and sewed the baby wipe onto the felt to give it a nice border.

To finish it off I added a simple border on the navy fabric using the beast and my work was complete.

Not only did I make my first ever art quilt I also managed to conquer my fears too πŸ™‚ Im submitting this piece for Jan’s Red Rubber Paper and Ink Challenge where you have to create a piece of art using either recycling or upcycling.

Star Quilt

Star Quilt Close Ups:

Star Quilt Closeup

Close Up Of The Fused Organza and Baby Wipe – I love the texture πŸ™‚

Closeup of Fused Organza and Baby Wipe