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Hand Printed Tea Towel

by Jane (follow)
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Here's how to create your own hand printed tea towel to brighten up your kitchen.



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I visited the Norway fjords recently and loved the red ochre, mustard yellow and dark grey cabins scattered across the hillsides. I chose this colour palette for my tea towel and made a simple geometric rectangles print.



Red yellow and grey Norwegian houses
Red, yellow and grey huts in Norway


Materials
Plain tea towel (you can find these online or edge your own material)
Fabric paint (I mixed my colours from red, yellow, black and white Speedball fabric paint)
Roller
Craft foam sheet
Scissors
Iron



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I used a foam craft sheet as my printing pad. You could print with anything e.g. polystyrene tray, rubber eraser, bubble wrap, potato shape etc.

Method
Cut your shape out of the foam craft sheet. I cut some rectangles the same widths but different lengths.



Fabric paint, speedway fabric paint


Mix the fabric paint colours on flat dishes or paper plates to get the shades you want.
Apply fabric paint to the print pad with a roller or paint brush.
Press the print pad carefully down on the fabric and press to ensure a good transfer of paint.
Lift the print pad off carefully.



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Repeat over the tea towel to create your pattern, reapplying paint each time. I printed my rectangles with random spacing over the tea towel lining them up in the same direction.



Fabric paint, speedway fabric paint




Hand printed tea towel, fabric paint tea towel, printing on a tea towel, tea towel craft, foam print on tea towel


If you don't get an even transfer you can touch up with a paint brush. However, I liked the slightly distressed look.

When finished, iron the tea towel to set the fabric paint (or follow any specific instructions for your brand of paint). The tea towel should be able to be washed and ironed safely without damaging the print.



Hand printed tea towel, fabric paint tea towel, printing on a tea towel, tea towel craft, foam print on tea towel


Have you decorated your own tea towels? Please share a picture of your creation on the comments forum.


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