There is nothing more feminine and graceful than that of the vintage floral look. Unfortunately, vintage table cloths can not only be pricey but very unpractical. This Shabby Chic inspired painted rose table cloth is inexpensive to create and also washing machine safe.
For this project, you will need:
– One pure white or off white table cloth (any size or shape will do)
– DecoArt Textile Medium
– DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint in Dusty Mauve
– DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint in Dusty Pink
– DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint in Forest Green
– Heat embossing tool
– Royal Design Studio Vintage Floral Rose Stencil (found online here)
– Sponge brush
– Artist’s paintbrush
– Paper plate
– Masking tape
Anytime you are working on a project involving paints, make sure your area s well ventilated and your workspace well coated with newspaper before beginning.
You will only be working with a small section of the table cloth at a time. Wrap the first section of your table cloth around the cardboard piece. Secure with a strip or two of masking tape. Secure the Royal Design Studio Vintage Floral Rose Stencil to the area to which you will be adding the design with an additional piece of masking tape.
On the paper plate, mix one part of textile medium to one part DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint in Dusty Mauve. With the sponge brush, fill in the flowered portion of the stencil area. Immediately heat set by carefully using the heat embossing tool.
Mix one part textile medium with one part DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint in Forest Green, again on the paper plate. Fill in the leaf portion of the stencil with the sponge brush. Once again, immediately heat set the paint using the heat embossing tool.
Repeat the process of mixing paint using textile medium and DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint in Dusty Pink. Remove the stencil from the section of table cloth. Fill in the details and shading of the floral pattern with the artist’s brush and the lighter pink shade. Heat set.
Continue this process around the entire table cloth. Allow the fabric to dry for twenty four to forty eight hours before using. Machine washing is okay, but do not dry in the clothes dryer. (Air dry only.)
TIP: Create matching cloth napkins easily! Simply repeat the pattern and process on a few white or off white cloth napkins. Add more details using the artist’s brush for a vintage, custom look.