What you'll need:
- Purchased pink fabric place mat
- Acrylic crafts paints (We used Plaid Apple Barrel Bright Magenta #20591, Kiwi #20221, Satin Cream #20585, and Light Leaf Green #20221; and Delta Ceramcoat Hydrangea Pink #2449.)
- Low-tack painter's tape
- Dritz Disappearing Mark-B-Gone tracing paper
- Plain paper
- Clip art flower design for pattern
- Delta Ceramcoat textile medium
- Brushes: #6 and #10 stiff-bristle, 3/8-inch angle shader
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- Find clip art flowers from the web and enlarge, or draw your own simple flower shapes. Tape the place mat right side up on a protected work surface. Layer tracing paper, plain paper, and your drawn or printed pattern on the place mat. The plain paper prevents the tracing-paper ink from bleeding onto your pattern. Tape the pattern in place. Draw over the pattern lines with a pencil or pen to transfer the pattern onto the place mat. Reposition the tracing paper as necessary to transfer the pattern over the entire place mat. Remove all papers.
- Mix small amounts of textile medium with the paint, following the manufacturer's instructions. Paint the flower petals Bright Magenta and the flower center Kiwi; let dry. Use the tip of a brush to make random irregular-shape dots over the flower center with Satin Cream, Light Leaf Green, and Hydrangea Pink. Add the lines on the petals with Light Leaf Green.
- Referring to the photo as a guide, paint the design elements with a stiff-bristle brush. Use the angle shader for the points and to sharpen the shapes' edges. When the paint is dry, apply additional coats of paint to achieve the desired coverage.
- Heat-set the paint on the place mat when the paint is dry, following the textile medium manufacturer's instructions.