Fabric Flair by Carol Fox

Oct 23, 2018 | Free Projects, Step-by-step tutorial

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Take your art skills off the page and create a stunning cushion.

Idon’t think that art should just be in a journal or on a wall – it can be anywhere and anything, and with this in mind I quite often make cushions and throws using many of the skills and techniques that I use in art journalling. After all, white cotton fabric is just another type of blank canvas waiting for paint to make it pretty.

I approached this project in exactly the same way as a journal page, building up the background in layers with paint and stencils and using a main focal point image. Then adding the final details; using glitter glue to highlight my hearts and lots of black paint to drop the colours into the background and to make the image pop a little. I didn’t use any special fabric paint, just DecoArt Multi Surface paint for the background and Fresco Finish Little Black Dress for my black ‘pops’, as this is the densest black I have found and has become one of my staple paints.

I was very pleased to find the stripy fabric that I used for the piping around the cushion and for the back. The ‘Zettiness’ of it suited the stamp and journal style perfectly and it made me very happy with my finished project.


  • White cotton fabric
  • Octopode Factory Rubber Stamps/Digi Images
  • DecoArt Multi Surface Paints
  • DecoArt Craft Twinkles: Crystal
  • PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint: Little Black Dress
  • Selection of stencils including PaperArtsy, Stencil Girl and Dutch Doobadoo

Step-by-step instructions

1Stamp the image on fabric with Black Archival, then mask it off. If you don’t have a large stamp, use a digi printed onto Iron-on transfer medium (remember to reverse your image before printing).

2I spritzed the fabric with water to make it damp. Dilute DecoArt Multi Surface Paint with water and paint the fabric. Dry it with a hairdryer (a heat gun may have burnt the fabric).

3Build up layers with stencils and paint, being sure to let each layer dry before going onto the next. I did not dilute my paint for this layer, I used it directly from the lid of the pot with a dry brush.

4I carried on adding more layers and colour to my background.

5Adding red hearts and some black seemed to really bring it all together and make the background drop back from the main image.

6I thought the hearts would look nice with bling. Replace the stencil over the top of the hearts and add the glitter paint with a paint brush.

7Paint the image, again using DecoArt Multi Surface. As the black stamping had faded, I used a fine paint brush to blacken all the details.

8Use black and white striped fabric for the piping and the back of the cushion. As putting in zips are not my forte, I just slip stitched the cushion closed.

Meet the author

Carol Fox

Carol Fox

“I have been crafting for many years, in recent years I have become slightly addicted to art journalling and I love to incorporate this into most of the things I make now, in fact I am never happier than when I am playing with paint.”

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