Painting Napkins

I was given some plain medium colored brown napkins, that I really didn’t like.  They’ve been sitting in my napkin drawer for about a year now.  Brown is not one of my favorite colors, but they do go well with Fall.  What to do with them?  I made my own stencil, added some paint & turned them into some Fall napkins.  Once you know how to make a stencil, you can decorate anything.  This would be a good way to change up plain pillows, place-mats, towels or even a plain sweatshirt.

Here’s how I did it and you can too!

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The first thing that I did was to look for a pattern or a stencil.  I didn’t have a Fall leaf stencil, so I made my own.  And making a stencil is very easy to do, as long as you have some freezer paper.   I used one of the wooden shaped leaves that I used in my Happy Fall Wall Hanging to make a stencil.  The first thing that I did was to lay the wooden leaf on to the fabric’s corner to see how I liked the size.

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Since I liked the way it fit, I put it on some freezer paper, lining up the right size of the paper with the right side of the napkin.  Then I used a pencil to outline the wooden leaf.

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Pattern design made.

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Since I was going to paint 4 napkins, I pinned 4 pieces of freezer paper together, keeping the patterned paper on the top & lining up the right sides.

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The next thing that I did was to get out a cutting board & an Exacto Knife.  You could use a razor blade or some very sharp scissors, but I think I get a cleaner cut with the Exacto Knife.  Then I cut out the pattern.

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Remove the cut out part of the freezer paper.  Stencil made!

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Remove the pins & press one pattern piece on to the corner of a napkin.  Repeat for all 4 napkins.

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Then I got 2 shades of acrylic paint that seemed like Fall colors, and mixed them with Textile medium.  I could have used fabric paint, but I never seem to be able to find the colors I like.  Once the paints are mixed, start to paint in the stencil with the orange, from the outside of the stencil to the fabric.  That way the edges stay sharp.

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Once the stencil is filled in with the orange, add some of the lighter (gold) paint to the outsides of the stencil.

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Then, with a fan brush, add some dark paint by lightly painting from the stencil to the fabric around the leaf, not the stem.

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Peel off the stencil paper and set it aside, or hang it to dry.  (I hung them to dry overnight)

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When the paint had dried I mixed 2 colors of paint with the paint medium to use to paint the veins on the leaves.

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With a thin paint brush, double load the brush with the 2 colors.  Paint in the veins & set aside to dry.  If the veins look too dark, repaint with more of the lighter paint on the brush.

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Now the set of napkins that I didn’t like, are napkins that will work with a nice Fall tablescape.

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Happy Creating everyone!