Fabric painting with an airbrush

A new direction for my artwork has finally been realized, that of fabric painting with an airbrush. As a printmaker, for many years I made silkscreen prints, on paper.

The primary reason that I switched from silkscreen printing to airbrushing is due to toxic chemicals

In the past, I used varsol to thin my paints and lacquer thinner to clean up. Of course, the toxins from those chemicals were bad for my health and the environment. I switched to water based inks, for my silkscreen prints, but I didn’t like the method. I found it difficult to register the paper as it would buckle due to the water. As a result, I learned how to do fabric painting with an airbrush and have fully embraced it.

In September, I completed 8 scarves and 1 shawl. The fabric I used for most of them was a rayon/bamboo blend

IMG_2941I also painted two scarves on cotton, painting on both sides. The most challenging of all of them was the shawl. I airbrushed on a black, chiffon type material. Not only was the paint spraying through the fabric, making it difficult to see the result until it was taken off the wall, but the colour of the paint also changed, due to the black colour of the fabric.

Day 2, my studio wall (WIP, work in progress)


My past experience in fabric printing was limited to a course, which I took, in Surface Design, at OCA (Ontario College of Art, in Toronto).

That was quite a few years ago, but sometimes the time has to be right for situations to blossom!

My intention is to continue painting scarves of various sizes, experimenting also with different types of fabric. Maybe this will eventually lead to other items or new techniques

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Hi. I'm Maija.

Producer of one of a kind fabrics, I am a Visual/Textile Artist at MaiTribe Studio Gallery, in central Ontario, Canada.

My life and art have been inspired by my travels  to countries such as Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Bali and India.

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