Thursday, February 6, 2014

"H" is for Handpainted Dish Towels

 Paint: personalized dish towels

How to handpaint onto dish towels without using stencils or vinyl.

Any font, any size.

A single monogram or the full last name:

Make these personalized dish towels using any font, in any size and a little acrylic craft paint.
They are the perfect hostess gift, wedding gift or anytime gift.

How to handpaint dish towels:

1. Purchase cotton dish towels, I used Ikea Tekla dish towels.
Print out your desired lettering, below I used American Typewriter font at 150 point:

2. Fold the print out in half to find the middle of the lettering.
Fold the towel in half to find the middle:

3. Pin the print out behind the towel in the desired position.
Place the lettering portion over a light box:

4. Using a small brush and red acrylic paint carefully fill in the letters:

5.  It's the same process for any font, below I used Monogram KK at 300 point:

6. For the 3 letter monogram paint the larger center letter first, then align the side letters:

These towels can be washed just as you would normally, if the paint is very thick it might show some cracking but otherwise they wash great.

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  1. That is so clever using a light box!! Your dish towels look great and they sure would make a nice gift!

  2. oh how cute and very creative.. I dont have a light box but Im sure I could figure out something else. Thanks for sharing

  3. Great idea! I've been trying to think of a way to use those Ikea towels!

  4. These are great! You have a really steady hand too. I have done to draw my outline, but haven't painted with just the backlight outline.

  5. What size brush was used for these projects?!