Trying something new from an old idea…

I have always loved hand-painted tableware – since my mother had a “Vera” pattern cloth in the 1950’s.  From 1968-2000, I had Italian made plates with bright red and yellow poppies. I find that many of my watercolor paintings are patterns, so when I bought a light-weight canvas tablecloth last week in preparation for a summer party, I found the temptation irresistible to try a “stain painting” on this surface. I had done stain paintings years ago – before I used brushes. Pouring paint on an un-gessoed canvas and drawing into the paint with black paint from a squeeze bottle is very freeing. Swish! and there is your permanent mark! I did one 15′ raw canvas in 1996 that is still used to cover a window seat and pillows. This past week I set up my drop cloth (Important! the paint will stain the floor, too), watery paints, brushes and Whosh! I have a new tablecloth. The paint is acrylic so it won’t fade or run. Here is my first tablecloth! (Meanwhile, the painting that I’m working on goes unfinished, still.)

Stain painted tablecloth

Categorized: Acrylics