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  • Writer's pictureDiane M Kellogg


By Elisabetta De Maria

Surface :

The jeans bag was sewn using old trousers and measures 36 x 42 cm.

Project Supplies :

· Ball Stylus

· Lint Free Cloth

· Paper Towel

· Wet Palette

· Water Containers

· Tracing Paper

· Graphite paper to transfer the design

· Paper Palette

Paints Decoart Americana Acrylics

· Baby Pink

· Dragon Fruit

· Lamp Black

· Open Water

· Purple Petal

· Purple Pizzazz

· Red Violet

· Titanium White

Mediums :

· Gesso Decoart

Brushes :

· Liner Brush Black Gold n 5/0 Dynasty

· Pointed Flat 6/0 Micron Dynasty Brush

· Round Brush # 1 Dynasty Brush

· Flat Brush Black Gold 8 Dynasty Brush 206s

· Angular Brush for Floating Black Gold 3/8, 1/2 Dynasty Brush

· Mop Brush to Blend and Soften Color 3/8 Dynasty Brush 400

· Moon Brush # 8 Scharff

Painting Techniques

Basecoat: Opaque application of background color on surface or component.

Shading and Highlighting: Load a small amount of paint in the corner of the angle brush, stroke the brush back and forth on the palette paper until most of the paint is out of the brush. It is important that the color be worked in the brush until it is completely transparent. Apply as if walking out a float of color. Repeat if necessary and use the mop brush to blend the color.

Drybrush: I use brushes that are dome-shaped, rounded, and have shorter hairs. Dip the brush into the paint and then wipe the brush on a dry paper towel, rotating the brush until only a residue of paint remains. Move to the surface, use a light pressure and begin “scrubbing” the paint out of the brush, slowly, in a small circular motion. Work the paint outward, allowing it to diminish so that there is a gradation of color.


Place the pattern on the surface and transfer the main lines with graphite paper.

Use the brushes you are most comfortable with and apply a coat of primer and let it dry.

SHADING AND HIGHLIGHTING: ( Refer to color photo for placement)

Machine (Car)

Bodywork: Purple Petal and Purple Pizzazz

Shade with Purple Pizzazz and highlight with Titanium White.

Paint the body lines with Titanium White.

Outline with Lamp Black.

Bumper: Titanium White

Shade with Open Water.

Paint the supports with Lamp Black and illuminate with the liner and Titanium White.

Muffler: Open Water and Lamp Black

Paint the tubes with Lamp Black and Titanium White.

Wheels: Open Water.

Paint the tire design with the liner and Lamp Black.

Side Mirrors: Titanium White

Shade with Open Water.

Headlights: Purple Pizzazz

Paint the smaller central headlight with Lamp Black and spotlight with the stylus and Titanium White.

Highlight first with Purple Petal and then with Titanium White.

With the liner, paint the lashes with Lamp Black.

Rear window: Titanium White

Shade with Open Water and paint the top with Lamp Black.

Rearview mirror: Open Water.

Highlight with Titanium White.

Paint the support with Lamp Black

Plate: Titanium White

Outline the license plate with Lamp Black.

Paint the word "Love" inside with the liner and Lamp Black

Bonnet Handle: Purple Pizzazz

Highlight by painting a comma with Titanium White.

Outline with Lamp Black.

Hook on the bumper: Lamp Black and Titanium White.

Air intake: painting with liner and Lamp Black.

Paint the curved line of the hood flap with Titanium White.

Terrain: Baby Pink

Heart-shaped Balloons

Baby Pink: Shade with Dragon Fruit and highlight with Titanium White

Dragon Fruit: Shade with Red Violet and highlight with Baby Pink

Red Violet + Dragon Fruit: Highlight with Dragon Fruit

Wires: Lamp Black

Clouds: Using the moon brush, paint where you want the clouds using Baby Pink, Purple Petal, and Purple Pizzazz.

Stencil: Have fun with the stencils, the moon brush, and the Baby Pink and Open Water colors.


Iron the painting on the backside of the fabric to fix the colors.

I hope you Enjoy Painting this as much as I did!

Happy Painting! Elisabetta

Original Word File

Line Drawing Download

Editor's Note - You can also use a fabric medium of your choice.

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