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  • Writer's pictureDiane M Kellogg

Wearables Contest Winner Feb. 2020

Margaret Riley is our first winner in our ongoing fabric/wearables contest. Photos of her winning project will be displayed in Painting World Magazine while the pattern is only available here in the PWM Blog. Please note, we are still accepting entries. Send your photos of your own designs on fabric or wearables to .

Surfaces must be made of fabric and /or wearable art forms (i.e. jewelry) and readily available from craft and/or hobby stores. ( designer labels, due to copyright they will not be accepted.)



By Margaret Riley

Have a plain, blah, simple jean/denim jacket hanging in your closet? Let’s spruce it up with a zebra theme. Only four bottles of acrylic paint and a masterpiece will be created! These instructions are for both patterns with some slight variation that can be seen in the photos. Each zebra has its own stripes. You can create the stripes as you wish.




Jean/denim jacket (or you could do any fabric project such as a pillow, denim purse, etc.)


Plaid Fabric Paint

25999 Black

25997 Ganache

25998 Grey Mist

25972 White


Royal & Langnickel Sunburst Taklon

Series 7300

Flat 1/4", 1/2", and 1”

Ultra-Round No. 4

Series 7050

Liner No. 00


Tracing paper and pencil

Red ink pen and blue ink pen

White (for dark backgrounds) and black (for light backgrounds and tracing on stripes) graphite paper

Paper towels

A palette for acrylic paints or a foam disposable plate

Water basin

T-shirt/fabric board or very stiff thick cardboard covered with freezer/butcher paper (wax side out)

Masking tape

Straight pin

Black Identi Pen Permanent Marker

Painted on a white T-Shirt.


*Note: Use brush size to accommodate area that’s being painted unless instructed otherwise.

*If cuffs, bands, and tabs are being painted on a jacket, they will be painted after zebra head is finished.

*Shading is done on the left side and highlighting is done on the right side.

*Stripes on pattern may vary slightly with stripes on project photo. Working on a heavy fabric makes applying the drawn lines difficult. You may have to make some stripes wider and delete some. Stripes close together can be tricky to draw and to paint.

1. Using pencil and tracing paper, trace zebra. (Line drawing link below. There are two versions.)

2. If painting on clothing, slip board into the item and secure loose ends (sleeves, hems, etc.) with masking tape to avoid getting them accidentally into your paint palette surface.

3. Center pattern on project surface (jacket is on backside) and secure top with straight pin or masking tape.

4. Slide white graphite (if the background is dark) under tracing paper and trace outside lines with a blue ink pen.

5. Using 1/2” and 1” flat brushes, fill in the entire area with White. Allow to dry completely and do a second coat. Allow to dry completely.

6. Place pattern over white painted area and align as close as possible. Pin or tape pattern in place.

7. Slide black graphite under tracing paper and trace all stripes and details with a red ink pen. IMPORTANT: Mark a small “X” on each stripe that is to be black.

8. Shading: Using a flat brush and Grey Mist, shade on the left side of the head, ears, and neck. If using the pattern with the head is turned over the neck area, shade under the head to cast a shadow onto the front of the body.

9. Paint in all “X” marked stripes in Black.

10. Referring to pattern and photo, paint mane Black and White.

11. Referring to pattern and photo, paint ears Black and White.

12. Paint nose Black with highlighting in Grey Mist. Also, around each nostril.

13. Paint eye Ganache with highlights in White. The left side of the eye will have a touch of Black.

14. Highlighting: Using a flat brush and White, add a highlight on the opposite side of shaded areas.

15. Using liner brush, add small eyelashes in Black or use Identi Pen.


1.Using 1” brush, paint cuffs, lower band, pocket trim, and pocket flaps White. Do two coats and allow to dry completely.

2. Using the Identi Pen, create zebra stripes freehand. Make some straight, some curved, some split, and some in a “V”. Look at a photo of a zebra to give you the idea of how their stripes appear.

3. Paint every other strip, Black.

Allow the project to dry for 5-7 days.

Optional: You can add beads, lace, woven trim, or whatever looks pleasing to you for trim along the yoke in front and back. You can add fabric paint glitter as well. Be creative!

Line Drawing Version 1

Line Drawing Version 2

Original Word File Including Photos & Line Drawings

Margaret Riley has been in the craft and hobby industry for almost forty years. During those years, she has owned and operated hobby/craft stores, worked for manufacturers in this industry, taught painting/craft classes, been published multiple times, been an editor, worked testing new product, is a DecoArt Helping Artist and a Plaid Ambassador, traveled working trade shows/conventions, and more. She enjoys working with acrylic-based paints but does try other mediums. Margaret has two sons, a stepson, and four grandchildren, who are all talented in art!

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