How to: Flamingo Festival with Fabric Paint

May 29, 2020 5 Comments

How to: Flamingo Festival with Fabric Paint

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I could not resist stitching out this Design again, adding a Touch of Paint in lovely shades of Flamingo Pink.

I have to admit that I have no skills in painting, but the Creative Juices took over and this was the end-result:-)

...and I had so much fun. It was very relaxing and I ended up using only 2 colors.

Here is what I used:

You do not need both, but since I was not familiar with what and how to start I bought both a Tin of 12 Inktense Blocks and a Tin of 24 Inktense Pencils.

From the Blocks:

* I used 0700 Fuchsia

From the Pencils:

I used * 0700 Fuchsia and * 2100 Charcoal Grey 

Additional Supplies:

* Stabilizer

* Thin batting

* Fabric (100% Linen or 100% Cotton)

* Design in the correct Embroidery Machine Format

* Fabric Paint (I used Derwent Inktense)

* Aloe Gel 100%

* Dry Cloth (to wipe brushes when changing colors)

* Wet Cloth (to wipe hands so that ink does not stain your fabric)

* Small glass container to decant Aloe Gel

* Small glass container with Water to wash Brushes

* Basic Palette to mix Different Shades

Get Started:

1. I decided to paint the Pink areas 1st, from dark Pink to lightest Pink.

2. Using the same Pigment, I mixed a few shavings of (0700 Fuchsia) Block with about a Teaspoon of Aloe Gel. This ended up being my Darkest Pink, which I then diluted with Aloe Gel x 2 to end up with 3 shades of Pink.

3. The Pencil in (2100 Charcoal Grey ) worked well in Coloring the Darker Tail Feathers

4. Although the beaks have black Stitch Fill, I decided to add (2100 Charcoal Grey) to the Beaks as well.


This process is simply a repeat of the following steps:

* Decide which Specific area to color

* Using a clean Brush - add Aloe Gel to the area (I used Prime Art Synergy 6039 FIL4 brush)

* With short strokes, use the Ink Pencil to add Color 

* Use a Brush with more Rigid Bristles to shade (I used Daler Rowney Graduate 2 brush)


Again, because I was not familiar with painting, I bought quite a variety of brushes, but these 3 proved to be my GO-TO Brushes:

* Daler Rowney Graduate 2 (for shading)

* Prime Art Bianco R2 (worked well on tiny areas)

* Prime Art Synergy 6039 FIL4 (for mixing and applying Gel)

I so enjoyed this Project and hope you will too:-)

Happy Painting!


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5 Responses


May 30, 2020

Hi Janette, I thought this info will be helpful as well…About Heat Setting Fabric Paint: “Though you may be ready to finish the piece as soon as you’re done painting, it’s best to hold off on ironing for a bit. At a minimum, wait 24 hours just to be sure the paint is dry. After you’ve set the paint in, give it at least four days (according to Golden Paints) before washing the fabric.”

“You can heat set fabric paint by using an iron. The setting you will use will depend on the fabric that you used in your project. Use a clean, dry pressing cloth over the front of the design and iron it for two to five minutes. Do not use the steam setting or any moisture.”


May 30, 2020

Hi Janette, thank you so much for your comment. This is a very good question! Using natural fibers are key to colorfastness…
“The colorant penetrates and binds with the natural fibers and becomes light and water proof/resistant. Whereas man-made fibers do not absorb the color, the color sits on top of the fiber and can be much less colorfast.”
I pre-wash all my 100% linen and 100% cotton fabrics, but once dried and ironed I stitch the design and start painting. The Derwent website mentions the following…“Derwent Inktense pencils, have ink in the lead and will be permanent once dry. Preparation of the fabric does not require pre-washing, although you can if you wish.” I hope this answers your question Janette. Here is the link to the Derwent website for more answers when painting on fabric


May 30, 2020

Thank you so much for your encouraging comment Sunnysewsit! You`re are so right…the possibilities are numerous. And to include the children is such an excellent idea! Have fun painting:-)


May 30, 2020

Hi, I was wondering how you finished your project to make it washable. Did you heat set the Inktense areas? If so could you explain what you did.
thank you


May 30, 2020

I LOVE using Inktense pencils — and after you apply a fabric medium (you used Aloe Gel), the colors intensify. It gives a whole new range of possibilities to redwork designs – plus it is a project you can do with children (if they are not too young…) — Love, love what you’ve done with the flamingos and can only imagine other possibilities – peacocks, fish, etc. Great job, Annemarie!!!

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