Making Fabric, sort of…

I have been playing with a few fabric design ideas; some are hand painted, others are completely designed on the computer and I have scanned/photographed my hand painted fabric and altered them using software filters. I’m also collaborating with a talented artist (more about that later) and having pieces printed by Spoonflower.

orc sports sample blue

Speaking of Spoonflower – fellow blogger and artist Joanna Mack, The Snarky Quilter has written a couple blog posts about her experience after ordering fabric pieces from Spoonflower. You may want to hop over and read what she has to say. I appreciate SQ doing the research on a few other companies as well, and sharing her thoughts and results.

For the following pieces I used water thinned acrylic paint and an acrylic sheet (aka Plexiglass or Perspex) and created poured “paintings” that I photographed with the intention of having printed on fabric or using as inspiration for hand painted pieces.

plexi paint 1
plexi paint 2
plexi paint 4
plexi paint 3

Below are three designs I’m submitting for consideration to the Andover Fabrics and SAQA Golden Hour fabric line project. Whether any of my designs are selected or not I’m looking forward to seeing other entries. Have you combined fabric, paint, and computer software to design your own fabric?

Created on the computer
Cloud Dance
My hand painted fabric after being altered with a filter
Hand painted fabric

By Ann Scott

I started sewing and designing using fabric, thread, and paper when I was a child. I taught myself to make quilts, at first not following the "rules," then watched some experts, learned the rules, and made many hand quilted and appliqued quilts. I spent years focusing on miniature landscape quilts. Now I am a fiber and mixed media artist and that encompasses everything I have a passion for. I have taught, lectured, and my work have show nationally and internationally, some pieces have been published.


  1. A friend was one of last year’s winners for this contest. I especially like your design on the upper left. What a good idea to photograph your liquid design and then manipulate it. Working on actual cloth can be far less controllable. And it’s much easier to do over in digital form. I wish you luck. BTW, I like the middle design the best of your contest submissions.

  2. It’s fun to hear your friend was a winner from the past contest (I searched your blog and found an older post where you share that). My “liquid” designs are just as they were after painting, that is to say, no computer manipulations needed. It was really fun to pour and move the plexi sheet to get the formations but oh how I wish that could be done on fabric! I suppose marbling on fabric may be the closes to it. The middle design is my favorite too, it has a Van Gogh look to it, thanks to the oil filter tool. Thank you for commenting.

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