Tutorial for Layered Monoprinted Collage Painted Fabric

A while back, I was asked to write a tutorial on the blog And Then We Set it On Fire.  A great site where much information is shared.  I thought you might enjoy seeing it again.  Do you paint your own fabric?  I would love to know your techniques for surface design!

 Monoprinting fabric is one of my favorite techniques. So, I thought I would show you my process for creating layered, mono printed fabric. All of these techniques are in my book, More Fabric Art Collage, 64 New Techniques for Mixed Media, Surface Design, & Embellishment.   I look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments on the technique!


I start with either fabric paint or as above acrylic paint and a fabric painting medium.  If using fabric paint, the medium is not necessary.


If using acrylic and medium, mix together onto freezer paper or acrylic sheet, or my new favorite Gelli Arts Printing plate.


 Continue mixing.


Place material that you wish to make a monoprint of onto paint.  You can also stamp, draw, or press found objects onto paint.  Here, I used bubble wrap.

 Place fabric face down onto monoprint.  Lift up to reveal the design.  I use the painted bubble wrap to add a stamped design onto blank areas of fabric.  Let fabric dry completely.


 Next, I mix Dye-na-Flow with water.  Test variations of added water to determine the shade of color you desire.  Dye-na-Flow is very concentrated, so a little goes a long way.


Paint the diluted Dye-na-Flow onto the monoprinted fabric.  You can see that a lighter shade of Dye-na-Flow works best to help highlight the printed fabric design.  Let color dry.


 Repeat with another color, here I used Cranberry Red.

 One of my favorite techniques is to scrape paint across the fabric.  Simply load a paint scrapper edge with acrylic (I often use white), and scrape across fabric several times.


The next step is to collect found items for stamping onto monoprinted and painted fabric.

 Brush paint onto found object, and stamp onto fabric.  If using bottle caps, simply dip the rim into paint and then stamp.  Use several objects to create texture and interest to fabric.


Next I collect and choose stamps that I have created from craft fun foam (thick kind).


 Brush paint (acrylic or fabric) onto stamp.


Stamp onto fabric.

 Finally, I stencil designs onto fabric using commercial or handmade stencils.


I like to incorporate a couple of different stencil designs.


I use this fabric as a whole cloth (for quilting), cut it apart and use it for patchwork, cover journals, the possibilities are endless!


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  1. very fun project! I need to “play” more with my crafting tools, you are so good at that! Congrats on all of your success!

  2. Laura Lea says:

    Thank you for your tutorial! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing your process as I have admired your artwork. I feel an artful play date coming my way based on your tutorial. First I’ve got to make some foam sheet stamps and maybe a stencil or two. Thanks again for the wonderful step by step clearly laid out process. I love seeing how different people approach the same subject. I can clearly see how you achieve the layers and textured backgrounds.

  3. Oh Rebekah this is so lovely!! Those Gelli Plates are addictive aren’t they? I plan to “play” tomorrow and I am definitely going to give this a try. Thank you for sharing and for being such an inspiration to me. I have both of your books and they are always my “go to” books as I am just starting with this type of art and I love your style. Can’t wait until you have another one published…lol.

  4. I sent you a friend request on FB and had a question about which type of silk to get. I was in your class at CREATE where we made the journal cover. My email is Ladyhawk98@aol.com

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