- trouble sleeping due to so many ideas buzzing in your head
- A highly contagious grin from all the fun you're having
- A sense of sadness when you aren't creating
- an insatiable desire to paint on anything fabric
- spots……of paint on your hands
- loss of appetite . There's no time to eat.You're too busy painting things
Here's what I created to get you started on your own case of Pebeo-itis.
Supplies for this project: Pebeo Sétacolor Opaque fabric paints Discovery Set, Pebeo SetaSkrib fabric markers 6pack of original and fluorescent, calico, chalk marker, Gesso, Schmincke Aero Color acrylic ink, Princeton artist brushes and silicon brush, Canson 'basix' art sponge, water spray bottle, stamps, stencils, Archival black ink pad, iron and sewing machine.
The first step is to lay out your pre-washed fabric, fold in half and pin on pattern. Mark out your doll design with your chalk marker. I drew my pattern freehand on butchers paper first. I kind of like not having a set idea of what I wanted. This way, the fun just flows. Now that you have your doll parts , you're ready to crack open those delicious little bottles of fabric paint and pop off the pen caps.
I think the best way to show you how it's done is step by step. So I hope you find these images I took whilst creating Two faced Tessie helpful. Let's go….
|Draw out pattern|
If you wish to stitch your doll together with a 'tidy' edge,
you will need to add around2cm of seem allowance.
I chose to stitch her together , leaving an edge that can fray over time.
|Pin fabric and trace out design|
|Cut out doll parts ready to go|
|Begin by adding stamps to get started.|
Apply paint with sponge over stencil
|Continue sponging paints randomly|
|You can use fabric markers over stencil objects|
|Fill in areas with a pop of colour with fluorescent markers|
|Using a silicon brush, apply gesso over stencil to cut back|
colours and add interest
|Again using gesso and the silicon brush, apply streaks.|
This tool is great for this.
|Fabric paint applied directly onto silicon brush and streak|
across onto fabric where it feels right.
|Try using different silicon brushed to create interesting|
lines with the paint.
|Finger painting fun with Gesso to break up bold colours|
|By just pressing the markers down on an angle, |
you get these wonderful little teardrop like marks.
|Apply paint with Princeton brush directly,|
making little lines that have a heavier 'body'.
|Create stripes on the arms with silicon brush by|
adding paint straight onto brush and dragging in a short downward movement.
|Draw your face design. Feel free to copy |
this directly if this is what you like.
|Begin colouring in the eyes with a mix of fluorescent a|
basics markers. They blend into each other beautifully.
|Now for some rosy cheeks. Add a drop of Schmincke|
acrylic ink over fluoro pink cheek colour and spritz with water.
Watch as it bleeds out creating those cheeks.
|Start adding colours to the eyelids. By working the varying|
colours over each other, they blend and add depth.
Also create shading with a mix of purple and blue.
|Add depth to base colours.|
|By adding a variety of colours to the eyes,|
they really come alive.
|Add highlights in the eyes with gesso.|
I also added some gesso onto parts of the face.
This is great for 'cover-ups'
Time to take a different approach and start
drawing a skeleton like image wight he markers.
Decorate the edges with patterns of all kinds.
|Stencil some blue over other images to unify the piece.|
|Colour in ribcage with markers.|
The ribcage was stencilled on with black fabric
paint and dried and set before moving onto colouring.
|Lightly spray fabric and sponge on|
colours to fill in 'open' spaces.
|Here you see more use of design and patterns|
to create something reminiscent of 'the day of the dead'.
|For Two faced Tessie, I cut out a second|
face and draw out a fun 'day of the dead' design.
|Flip up the house to reveal the heart which|
h is filled with stuffing to puff it up.
I hope I covered everything here for you. It is a rather big project, and the blog is quite long, but I think that by showing you step by step , it gives you a much clearer image of how to create one of your own fabric dolls with the fabulous Pebeo Setacolor Opaque fabric paints and markers.
So if you now have a case of Pebeo-itis, be sure to let us know in the comments.
Till next time,