Martha Stewart Crafts and Plaid Crafts just debuted some game changing new acrylic watercolor paints. When they asked me if I wanted to try them out, of course I said yes. Permanent watercolor acrylics that you can use on wood, fabric, and paper? I’m in! I decided to pair them with the new Martha Stewart Crafts Otomi inspired stencils. I scored some lovely 100% cotton Cynthia Rowley table linens for a song at Home Goods and got to work. I’m not a patient crafter, so this took some concerted effort on my part. The hours of careful work were definitely worth the effort. These linens are gorgeous and so festive!
Otomi is an embroidery art from the Otomi people of Central Mexico. If you’ve never seen Otomi fabrics, I highly recommend you check them out. Each piece of Otomi embroidery takes days to complete. They’re practical, beautiful works of art.
You can opt to forego the stencils and paint directly on the linens using water with the paint to make a more subtle wash of color. The paints have a gel-like consistency, so they’re extremely versatile. I have a jewelry making project coming up next week showing you a color wash effect, so stay tuned.
True Craft Confession: I used the watercolor paints at full strength for this project. I tried diluting them but they ran under the stencil and bled. I told myself, do a test run with scrap fabric. Then I went ahead and ignored my advice. My advice to you, practice with scrap fabric first to get your technique down. Do as I say, not as I do!
You will need:
Martha Stewart Water Color Paints in Granny Smith, Meyer Lemon, Navy, Periwinkle, and Pink Dahlia (Available at Michaels Stores)
Martha Stewart Water Color Brushes (Available at Michaels Stores)
Martha Stewart Otomi Stencils (Available at Michaels Stores)
Stencil, Painter’s, or Masking Tape
Before you start, wash the linens to remove sizing.
Step one: Plan your design, then cut the smaller stencils and tape them to the napkin.
Step two: Mix your paints to create orange (pink and yellow) and dark green (dark blue and yellow.)
Step three: Using a small brush and light tapping, dab the color into the stencils. Don’t brush the color, or you may get the paint under the stencil. It’s okay if the color application is varied, that’s part of the watercolor appeal. Wash and dry the brush between colors. Wash and dry the stencils between use.
Note: I used a variety of colors, you can opt for a monochromatic look or get a more authentic Otomi look by creating stripes of color on the animals.
Step four: Carefully remove the stencil, wash, dry, and repeat working your way around the napkins.
Step five: Use the larger stencil on the table runner. I started in the center and then worked my way down each side. The stencils should be facing towards the bottom of the runner, so be sure to turn the stencil the opposite direction for each side. Be sure to measure the spacing of your stencil placement so it’s even.
Step six: Finish each end with the rooster stencil section you used on the napkins.
Let everything dry before use.
Check back next week for a Strawberry Cupcake recipe and our color wash Martha Stewart Crafts Watercolor jewelry. As always, if you make something inspired by our projects, we’d love to see it! You can share a link in the comments or a photo on our Facebook page.