Guess I'm feeling crabby this morning, because appearing in my mailbox was one of the dumber tutorial articles I've seen in a long time. I will leave the identity of the providers unsaid.
We're told that Suzy Q. Quilter "showed this very easy technique for how to paint fabric." Then comes a long and very specific list of tools and materials -- rotary cutter, ruler, mat, canvas drop cloth, plastic paint palette, paintbrushes, foam stamps, acrylic inks, fabric paints, newsprint, iron and ironing surface. And fabric, of course, your choice of muslin, canvas or duck.
Now the directions. Measure and cut the fabric to as big as you want it. Cover your work surface with a drop cloth and put your fabric on top of it. Put paint into the wells of your palette. Wet your brush in clean water.
(Now comes the hard part -- are you paying attention?)
Dip your brush into the ink or paint "and start to play." You can draw anything you want.
(Another hard part -- good thing they're giving us directions:)
"When the color starts to fade, dip your brush back into the ink and continue to create. Repeat this process with as many different colors of ink as you like."
That's about it for guidance. When you're done, let it dry and iron the fabric over newsprint. Now you can use the fabric for anything you want, such as quilting or "home decor, accessories, and items like journal covers."
Crabby inquiring minds want to know: why did they bother to write this article? Basically the "very easy technique for how to paint fabric" boils down to this: get some fabric and paint on it. Paint any kind of design you want and use the fabric any way you want, such as a journal cover (hmmm -- of all the things you could single out.... ).
But I guess if we didn't have the article we wouldn't know to put down a drop cloth before painting or to dip the brush in the paint again when it runs dry. (But wait, what if I want to use a plastic drop cloth? She told us to use canvas? Can I use a plate instead of a palette? Can I just paint straight out of the jar?)