Take a linen runner and napkins from basic to beautiful with a few broad strokes of fabric paint.

March 27, 2015


  • Paper towels
  • Linen runner and/or napkins, ironed
  • Utility paintbrushes
  • Fabric paint
Bryan Gardner


  1. Cover work surface with paper towels and place runner or napkins on top.
  2. With a paintbrush and water, wet fabric wherever you'll be painting.
  3. Thin fabric paint with water, and apply paint using wide brushstrokes from the edge inward. Multiple colors can be layered and applied for soft, subtle color variation.
  4. Let fabric set according to paint's instructions.

Note: To achieve this fading-sunset effect, layer on watered-down shades of your signature color.


Gray Line Linen fabric, $14.50/yd, 888-332-9615. "Uno" napkin, $7, cb2.com. Martha Stewart Crafts basic brush set, $12, michaels.com. Pebeo "Setasilk" paint in raspberry and iris violet, $4.25 for 45 ml, Dye-Na-Flow fabric paint in periwinkle, $3 for 2.25 oz, dharmatrading.com.


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