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Painted Leaf Place Mat

Kiwi, cream, and tangerine set this exotic table. Use painter's tape to evenly space the napkin stripes. Leave the tape in place while you paint to get crisp edges; peel back a bit on each strip as you paint if you want a freehand finish.

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What you'll need:

  • Purchased orange fabric place mat
  • Acrylic crafts paints (We used Plaid Apple Barrel Kiwi #20221 and Satin Cream #20585.)
  • Low-tack painter's tape
  • Dritz Disappearing Mark-B-Gone tracing paper
  • Plain paper
  • Clip art leaf design for pattern
  • Pencil or pen
  • Delta Ceramcoat textile medium
  • Brushes: #6 and #10 stiff-bristle, 3/8-inch angle shader
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  1. Find clip art leaves from the web and enlarge, or draw your own simple leaf 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.
  2. Mix small amounts of textile medium with the paint, following the manufacturer's instructions. Use Kiwi and Satin Cream to paint the leaf branches, alternating the colors from branch to branch.
  3. 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.
  4. Heat-set the paint on the place mat when the paint is dry, following the textile medium manufacturer's instructions.
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