Thursday, August 29, 2013

Inspiration Nation//DIY Cath Kidston inspired Fabric

I've swooned over Cath Kidston fabric wa-hayyyyy too many times to count, so I decided to make some of my own. Of course since I had to be covering a large surface area, probably to make me some cute clutches for the oncoming month, I decided to keep things simple and not go into details.The result tho', is just as stunning and I'll reveal the trick I used here!
Here's what you need to get started on your own designer fabric!
-Five fabric paint tubes in colors bright red, magenta, yellow, green and white.
-A rose flower stencil
-Paintbrushes (cuz, duh)
-Water as a mixing and cleaning medium
-Cotton fabric. (mine is in white, but as long as your fabric paints are bright, I think other colors may work?)
-A palette for mixing colors in.
-Painting skills of a five year old
-Scotch tape (optional)

For the flower outline
1.Begin by ironing out your fabric to remove any creases. (excuse my dirty paintbrushes in the background. They've been working overtime lately :-D)
2.Place the rose stencil in top of your fabric and secure on all sides with scotch tape.This will make sure your design comes out steady. I don't usually tape it down because I've gotten used to it but it's good for first-timers =)
3.Take three blurbs of paint (magenta, red and white) onto your palette close to each other(preferably making a triangular shape.)
4.Start be picking on some magenta paint on your brush. Pick 2-3 random petals on the rose stencil and fill 'em in.
5.Clean your brush, mix half of the magenta and half  of the white. Pick a couple more petals and paint them this color.
5.Take the bright red on your brush and fill in the remaining petals.
Remove the stencil and this is what you get in the end. This is the "infrastructure" behind creating even,beautiful and natural roses.All you need to do now is go nuts with different combinations and intensities of reds and magentas and fill the flower in further.
This process takes five minutes or lesser for me. When you get really used to it you'll hardly take any time to make a fat quarter!

For the leaves:
1.Begin by taking three blurbs of paint : white, yellow and green on your palette like you did before.
2.Mix in a leeeetle bit of green with your white to get a nice minty shade. Do random leaf strokes all around the flower. Don't be afraid to paint a whole bunch of them!
3.Now take a hint of yellow with the white and swirl in to make a light lime shade and dab this on your minty leaves. This is how your rose should look like now.
And that's it! You can do a whole lot of these depending on your much distance you want one rose from another;, or just go around the border of some plain fabric and drape in onto your table for a one of a kind tablecloth.
The advantage of using stencils is you never have to pay attention to design of the petals. All you are doing the whole time is taking in different colors to fill in. It's kind of a no-brainer but produces some awesome sauce!
If you've got a bit of your paint left (red/,magenta that is), you can go ahead an dot a few tiny flowers clustered with the leaves to add a bit more drama!
Try darker and lighter red and magenta palettes for an eclectic mix of roses! 
To be honest, my mum has been getting worried about my OCD with florals, so I think I'm gonna tone it down after my next post which would be part three of the Wardrobe Stylist Series.
And I wanted to show you how typical Nash got impatient and had a few stray streaks of paint, so yeah, be careful! =)

If you find this guide handy, pin n' share it along with you buds and follow Craft A Doodle Doo!
Stay tuned for another feature of the Wardrobe Stylist series coming in a day or two!
Much love and big hugs, Nash
(You can check out the rest of my easy n' fab DIYs here!)


  1. That was pretty!! Good idea to use a stencil for the rose!!

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  3. Super cute! I loved Cath Kidson when I went to England (too bad it's crazy expensive!) I'm curious to know what you did with the finished fabric though! :)

  4. Aww, I can relate to you,Sarah! I was growing short of storage with my ever growing craft supply so I made a lovely fabric covered box with the fabric and with the leftovers I plan to make a clutch :)




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