ribbons and roses blouse
by Lois Fusco, OSCI
RIBBONS AND ROSES BLOUSE
By Lois Fusco, OSCI, SDP
-Black Blouse or 50/50 Heavyweight T-Shirt, Available at Walmart or Local Department Stores
FolkArt Acrylic Paints
-439 Purple Lilac
-449 Olive Green
-901 Wicker White
-954 Fresh Foliage
FolkArt Artists’ Pigment
-698 AP Pure Magenta
FolkArt ONE Stroke™ Brushes
-3/8” Angle Brush
-794 Textile Medium
-868 Floating Medium
-White Transfer Paper
-Stylus or Pencil
Wash and dry clothing item, no fabric softener. Iron the glossy side of freezer paper to the wrong side of where you will be painting. This stabilizes the fabric and stops the paint from bleeding through to other side of item. Transfer pattern to clothing item if desired.
PAINTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR BACK
(Refer to the color worksheet throughout)
Load each corner of a ¾” flat brush with Purple Lilac, leaving the middle clean. Dip the middle of the brush in a line, not puddle, of Wicker White. Blend back and forth until the paint is smooth and well blended, stay in the same track. Refer to worksheet. Pick up Textile Medium and swish a couple of times. Go to your item and do the same stroke as you just did on the palette. The ¾” brush makes about a 1 inch wide piece of ribbon. Leave about ½” between ribbon strokes. Do this around shirt, making a collar affect. Paint a ribbon straight up the back from the center of the “collar” ribbon to the collar or neckline of your item. (That’s why there are only 3 loops on the bow.) Refer to photo or pattern.
Double load the #12 flat brush with Olive Green and Fresh Foliage. Paint vines and ONE Stroke leaves, following pattern or photo of blouse. Refer to worksheet for leaves.
Lay the ONE Stroke #8 Filbert brush in Periwinkle, turn over and lay other side in W. White. Pick up small amount of Textile Medium, blot each side gently. To make the blue flowers following pattern or picture for placement, put white side on the fabric, make 4 or 5 petals. Touch and pull down. Refer or worksheet. Load the #12 flat brush with the same colors and connect the top petals with 2 strokes upward. Be sure to have a nice chisel edge for a smooth connection. Pull green chisel edge strokes from the center and dot with School Bus Yellow.
Double load the #12 flat brush with Wicker White and Pure Magenta. Refer to worksheet for petal placement on roses. Pick up small amount of Textile Medium and work in. Place roses following pattern or photo of project.
Double load the #12 flat brush with Pure Magenta and Wicker White. Pick up Textile Medium, work in. Using the side of the brush, white side down, make the “chisel edge squish” flowers working from bottom to top, light pressure at first then end with more pressure for a fuller flower at the top. Rotate to Pure Magenta side down for a different look. Follow pattern or photo of project.
Bow and Streamers:
Double load the #12 flat brush withPurple Lilac and Wicker White. Paint bow, knot and streamers. See worksheet. Let dry. Load 3/8” ONE Stroke angler brush with Wicker White on toe and Floating Medium on heel. Blend well on palette. Pull brush across from side to side on ribbon at widest part. (Do this quickly and don’t go over it, it may moisten the ribbon paint and lift it). Pick up dab of white on toe of brush, paint other side of sheen by flipping brush and painting next to the first highlight strip. Paint highlight on knot. Load angle brush with Purple Lilac and on chisel edge, trace edge of bow and streamers.
Double load the #12 flat brush with Olive Green and Fresh Foliage. Paint the stems to the roses and blue flowers. Paint over bottom of blue flowers. Refer to worksheet.
PAINTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR FRONT
Double load the #12 flat brush with Pure Magenta and Wicker White. Pick up small amount of Textile Medium and work in. Refer to rose worksheet for placement of petals. Paint rose.
Double load the #12 flat brush with Fresh Foliage and Olive Green. Don’t forget the Textile Medium! With Fresh Foliage to the outside (if you have a black surface), paint the wiggle leaves. Paint the vines and ONE Stroke leaves, referring to pattern.
Five Petal Flowers:
Double load the #12 flat brush with Periwinkle and Wicker White. Paint the five petal flowers. Refer to worksheet for the teardrop stroke. Dot centers with School Bus Yellow using end of brush handle.
Double load the #12 flat brush with Wicker White and Pure Magenta. Using the chisel edge gently touch and lift, working from bottom to top. Use more pressure near the top for a fuller stoke.
Sign your work!
Let item dry overnight, remove the freezer paper, press with dry, medium heat iron to heat set.
Lois had never painting or even thought she could until she tried Donna’s method. After seeing Donna on QVC in 1999, she signed up for certification that was 13 months away! After passing she started instructing at Michael’s.
A “former” seamstress, doll maker and quilt maker, Lois is married, has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Her husband, Gary, is her biggest fan.
She grew up in NY State, has lived in North Carolina and now resides in San Diego. She hopes to pursue a painting career full time when she retires from hairdressing.
If you need help with this project, feel free to contact Lois at: DollMaker@aol.com