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A painted fabric pillow

Tri-Art’s, versatile Low Viscosity Acrylic paint performs for fabric painting projects. It is thin, flexible and soft to touch when dry.  It is also washable!

Bottle of Low Viscosity Acrylic Paint in front of painted fabric

Tri-Art’s Finest Quality, Low Viscosity Acrylic Paint
Fabric (test in an indiscrete area for paint adhesion. Paint can’t stick to synthetic materials as well as cotton) 
OPTION* use an existing pillow slip 
Pencil, chalk scissors, paint brushes, thread and needle
Optional: Sewing machine 

Note: Fabric may be washed prior to sewing or in cool, luke-warm water once painted. 
Washing recommendation:  hand wash or a warm, gentle cycle. 

Drawing tools and scissors with pencil drawing of fish

Create a stencil 
Create your pattern or stencil to scale on a heavy weight paper. Then cut it out and trace onto the fabric surface. This will ensure correct size and placement on the fabric surface for the pillow.

Use a cut out to trace and reference your design

Trace pattern on to fabric and paint
Using chalk or a colour pencil to draw the pattern that is the same colour as your paint will avoid outlines showing once the painting is complete. Chalk is easily removed in case of mistakes or required changes. Depending on the weave of the fabric, a piece of paper or hard surface may be required to prevent bleed through on the reverse side from touching surfaces. 
The paints may be thinned (very little) with water to increase flow if desired. Test the ratio to be sure the paint won’t bleed and have fuzzy edges. Too much dilution will effect the paint film’s ability to adhere and it may wash away with water. 

Two spools of thread and a needle on top of the painted surface

Sew the pillow together by hand or machine
There are a number of options for creating the actual pillow if not using an existing pillow slip. Sewing up the sides for a pillow slip that encases a pillow you already have, or stuffing to create a new pillow. 

Finished pillow displayed on a chair


Display your pillow. NOTE: The fabric may be washed prior to painting to remove sizing.  In this case, the fabric wasn’t washed prior to keep the crisp body of the fabric and for soil resistance. Washing recommendation:  hand wash or a warm, gentle machine cycle. 

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Animated Line Objects

Use Liquid Glass, wire and logs to create a decorative objects with animated lines!
Tri-Art White Gesso
Liquid Glass Pouring Colours
Wire, Aged Log, Drill.
These wires were finds in a parking lot. To create the swirls and animated line effect, a soft gage wire can be twisted and manipulated.
Note: Logs should be dry.


Sand, then prime the top of the log with Gesso. This will create a sealed and reflective surface for the paint. 2-3 coats, full strength Gesso recommended.

Pour Liquid Glass onto the surface.  Liquid Glass may be mixed prior to adding or allow unpredictable mixing and paint patterns to happen with wet on wet mixes. In the photo above, White was applied and then the Red.
Pour on and tilt the surface in order for the paint to flow around. In this case some of the matte gesso was left to create different reflections and a textured layer effect.
Once painted, leave on a level surface in an area away from air borne particles.

Option for applying paint:
Mix Liquid Glass colours prior to pouring onto the surface.  In the image above the White and Red were pre-mixed. White and Red were mixed first, then poured onto the surface. Inserting the Wire:
There are two options for this step.
The wire may be put in before the colours are poured or after once the surface is dry. Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours.

Determine the centre of the log. Drill a hole the same diameter as the wire you are inserting. Pour in some Liquid Glass into the hole to glue/set the wire in place.
Note: A screw may be put in and removed to create a hole for the wire. The screw should be the same diameter as the wire.


Objects may be displayed on their own or in groupings.




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Lampshade Updo Redo

Lampshade on lamp

A simple redo  for a tired, generic lamp shade to make it contemporary and unique!


Paint: Art Noise Permanent Acrylic Gouache (Lemon Butter)
Brush:Flat 2″ nylon brush (fine hairs will not leave stroke lines)

Lamp shade: Shades covered in a light weave and colour fabric work best. 

Palette: for dispersing paint and loading onto brush.
Optional: painters tape to mark paint stroke edge limit.

The matte finish, lotion-like consistency and new range of colours in Art Noise make them ideal for this project.
brush loaded with paint

Prepare lamp shade by cleaning with a dry paint brush to remove excess dust and debris.
Rotate the shade so the edge that is to be painted is at the top. 
Pour paint onto palette. Lightly load brush with colour and apply. Start at the edge and use downward fanning strokes with the flat, wide surface of the brush. Lightly lift brush from surface at the end of the stroke. You want to avoid sharp paint edges.


soft edges wth paint

Place the unpainted edge down  to dry.
Depending on the material and colour of the lampshade, a second coat may be needed.  

Lampshade on lamp