Quilt-Like Fabric Fish Art

Skip the sewing machine and create pieced-together fabric art with self-adhesive film and a glass frame.


Alan Gear from Rainbow Glass shows how to incorporate fabric and self-adhesive film to create quilt-like designs suitable for framing.

Materials Needed:

  • water
  • small container with top
  • white and brightly colored water-based glass paint
  • light cotton fabric
  • self-adhesive film
  • parchment paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • black marker
  • picture frame with glass
  • gold braiding
  • fabric glue

Step 1

Combine equal parts white glass paint and water in a small container with a top. Shake well and allow to settle for about 10 minutes.



Step 2

Cut a light cotton fabric to the same size as a piece of self-adhesive film. Brush the solution liberally onto the dry side of the film and lay your fabric on top. Brush more solution over the fabric to adhere the fabric to the film.

Step 3

Brush vibrant colors of water-based glass paints onto the fabric, using random motions and mixing the colors. Make several colors of fabric on several panels of adhesive film.



Step 4

Create a template for your fish design and make a copy. Number each portion of your template for easy identification (like a paint by numbers painting). Coloring each piece can also help guide you toward the finished product.



Step 5

Cut out the template pieces and lay them upside down on the back of the painted fabric. Outline each piece on the fabric with a black marker, and then cut the piece out.

Step 6

Position the second copy of the template under the piece of glass that came with the frame.

Step 7

Piece by piece, remove the adhesive backing from the fabric and adhere to the piece of glass with the second template under it.



Steps 8 and 9

To cover the fabric shape outlines, trace the outline with glue then cover with gold braid.

Reframe and mount the artwork.



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