Soil Paint Tutorial Part C

Soil Paint Tutorial

Part C


a. Select 3 different (sieved) soils which you prepared earlier during Parts A and B, placing 2 teaspoons of each in separate little pots or jars. Add small amounts of soy milk and stir with an old teaspoon until the paint has a creamy consistency.

b. Choose 3 brushes in different sizes - I like to use the chisel-ended type, but just use what you have. Round brushes are fine too. Also have a jar of water handy.

c. Select some pieces of fabric. I used 3 pieces of linen in different colours (dark, medium, light), each measuring 15 cm x 15 cm, or 6 in x  6 in. Use scraps from your stash, or recycle old cotton sheets etc. Cellulose fabrics work well, eg. cotton, linen, calico etc.

d. Tape down each piece of fabric onto newspaper or plastic to hold it steady and to protect your work surface.

e. Using different brushes, randomly and freely paint straight or wavy lines onto your fabrics. Try making dots with different sized brushes, or stamping paint onto the cloth with a cork as shown in the video.

f. Try different shapes and patterns, stippling, stripes, and so on.

g. Alter the thickness of the paint for different effects. Thinner paints will stain the fabric more subtly.

h. Allow the fabrics to dry thoroughly, then brush off any loose particles with your hands or a stiff paint brush.


      I use soil paints on work that won't be washed. However soy is a protein which helps bind the natural colour to the fabric, so if you need to wash your fabric, do it gently by hand in cold water. Do not soak.

      Go to Soil Paint Tutorial Part D (Finished Artworks)

      (c) Rita Summers



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