Pollywog & Tadpole Kids Wear

By  Sara Bevilacqua 

  • Pollywog & Tadpole Kids Wear
  • Closeup View
  • Different Closeup View


  • DecoArt SoSoft: Fabric Acrylics: Bright Yellow, Christmas Red, Dark Rose, Fuchsia, Hauser Light Green, Island Blue, Lamp Black, Lemon, Light Soft Sage, Pine Green, Pistachio Green, White
  • Metallics: Medieval Gold, Renaissance Brown
  • Brushes: Royal & Langnickel: Golden Taklon: Shader, Series R150, #2, #4, #6; Pointed Round, Series R250, #1, #4; Monogram Liner, Series R595, #10/0; Angular, Series R160, 1/4"
  • DecoArt SoSoft: Undercoat White; Transparent Medium
  • Child's denim jumper and overalls in appropriate size or garment of choice
  • Decorative Art Brushes: Deerfoot Stippler, Series 660, 1/8", 1/4"


  • Yasutomo Y&C FabricMate Black Fabric Marker
  • Clear wide packing tape
  • Cardboard inserts

Pattern - Pollywog & Tadpole Kids Wear

  • Artist's Tips
  • 1. Use dry or damp brushes; fabric paint should not be thinned with water. Use Transparent Medium to float or to thin paint for washes and line-work. Remove mistakes on areas not intended to be painted immediately with a wet brush and soap.
  • Preparation
  • 1. Wash and dry garments; do not use fabric softeners or sizing.
  • 2. Print out pattern. Make two photo copies of patterns; cover patterns with sealing tape to prevent stylus from poking through paper. Cut one pattern directly around outer edges; set remaining patterns aside. Insert cardboard scrap inside garments to prevent paint bleed through. Position trimmed patterns onto garments; use straight pins to secure in place. Use fabric marker to carefully trace around outer edges of patterns; do not transfer details at this time. Remove patterns.
  • 3. Use appropriate sized brushes to apply several Undercoat White coats to design areas (Note: Use blow dryer to force dry.) Transfer basic details.
  • Frogs
  • 1. Use shaders and Hauser Lt. Green to base green areas of frog; while wet, use angular shader to shade face (omit eyelids) Pine Green and Lt. Soft Sage to highlight.
  • 2. For pollywog, base shirt Fuchsia; shade Dk. Rose. Use White to dry brush center. Use monogram liner and White to paint collar.
  • 3. For tadpole, use #4 pointed round and Bright Yellow to base vest. Dry. Use monogram liner to paint Island Blue pinstripes. Paint bowtie Fuchsia; add White highlights.
  • 4. For both frogs, use #4 pointed round and Island Blue to base pants and leggings; dry brush White highlights. Use #1 pointed round to add Bright Yellow polka-dots. Use #1 pointed round to paint Lamp Black pupils; dry. Use monogram liner and White to add reflected highlights. Use monogram liner and Lamp Black to paint eyelashes, outline eyes, and paint mouth; paint nostrils Pine Green. Use Fuchsia and 1/8" deerfoot stippler to dry brush cheeks on pollywog and use #1 pointed round to base tongue on tadpole; use dirty brush and touch of White to highlight tongue. Use #4 pointed round and Medieval Gold to base crowns; use dirty brush to shade Renaissance Brown.
  • Lily Pads and Leaf Umbrella
  • 1. Use shaders and Hauser Lt. Green to base umbrella leaves, stem, and lily pads; use angular shader to shade Pine Green. Highlight lily pad edges Pistachio Green. Use dirty brush and Lemon to highlight umbrella leaves; use dirty brush and touch of White to enhance highlights. Use liner brush to paint Pine Green vein lines on leaves and lily pad.
  • 2. For ladybug, use #1 round and Christmas Red to paint body. Paint head Lamp Black; dot body. Use monogram liner to dot tiny White eye.
  • Fish and Fishing Pole
  • 1. Use monogram liner to base pole Medieval Gold. Use same brush and White to paint water ripples; shade Island Blue. Use shaders and Medieval Gold to base gold areas on fish body and tail. Use Island Blue to paint head, stripe on body, and polkadots; use dirty brush and touch of White to dry brush highlight on head. Use monogram liner to paint eye White. Use same brush to add Lamp Black pupil and mouth.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Use fabric marker to lightly outline umbrella, crowns, heads, bodies of frogs, fish, fishing pole, and to draw fishing line.
  • 2. Allow paint to air dry 48 hours before laundering. Wash on gentle cycle with mild soap. Lay flat to dry.