Roses and Holly Tree Skirt

By  Diane Trierweiler 

  • Roses and Holly Tree Skirt
  • Christmas Eggnog Loaf
  • Cranberry Orange Chocolate Nut Bread


  • DecoArt SoSoft: Fabric Acrylics: Bright Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Dioxazine Purple, Hauser Light Green, Pine Green, Red Pepper, White, Wine; Dimensional Glitter Writer: Gold; Fashion Sequins: Ice Crystal
  • Brushes: Loew-Cornell: La Corneille Golden Taklon: Shader, Series 7300, #2, #4, #10; Liner, Series 7350, #10/0
  • DecoArt Americana Fabric Painting Medium
  • Lace trim
  • Optional: Light box
  • Light-weight Roc Lon fabric available at most fabric stores

Pattern - Roses and Holly Tree Skirt

  • Artist's Tips
  • 1. Fabric painting can be fun and so easy. Roc Lon fabric can be substituted with any good fabric that you can still see design through. I used a standard 45" diameter tree skirt size; adjust size as needed. If you don't sew, hot glue lace trim around fabric edges. Design is repeated three times, but portions of design can be incorporated in between if desired.
  • Preparation
  • 1. Print out pattern. Tape pattern under fabric; place over light box or over window and use ultra-fine black permanent marker to trace all line work omitting tendrils at this time. (Note: If needed, retrace pattern with marker prior to tracing onto fabric.)
  • 2. Cover work surface with plastic.
  • Leaves
  • 1. Use shader brushes to paint leaves. Work approximately three leaves at a time. Dampen leaves first with fabric medium; while wet, use a little Hauser Lt. Green to spread over leaves creating a transparent look. (Note: Vein lines should be visible through paint.) Wipe brush with paper towel. In same manner, add Pine Green in shadow areas, blending colors together thoroughly using a pat or feather technique. Use clean brush and Wine to tint leaf edges. Let dry. Add a little Bright Yellow highlight through centers.
  • Roses
  • 1. Dampen rose on left side of design with fabric medium. While wet, use #10 shader and Bright Yellow to paint rose focusing on center, top edges, and bottom edges (areas where sun would hit). Use Cadmium Orange to fill in remaining rose areas blending together. Wipe brush with paper towel and begin to add Red Pepper shadows. (Note: If needed, add a little more paint or fabric medium for blending ease.) Use Dioxazine Purple to tint deepest shadow areas such as center and bottom of rose.
  • 2. Paint center rose and rose on right in same manner working one rose at a time. Use shader brush to spread fabric medium over entire rose. Use Bright Yellow to paint center, top edges, and bottom edges where rose would be lightest. Wipe brush with paper towel and add Red Pepper over rest of rose, blending colors together. Use more medium if necessary. Add shadow of Wine in center and along edges were colors are darkest. Rinse brush and add Dioxazine Purple to tint some edges.
  • Berries
  • 1. Use #2 shader to fill berries with fabric medium. Use Cadmium Orange to paint berries. Wipe brush on paper towel and use Wine to shade bottoms; blend softly between colors. Use liner to add tiny White highlight shine on each berry.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Since this is more or less a water color technique, paints will dry lighter. If you want to brighten some colors, add a little fabric medium to colors and place them on design where needed.
  • 2. Use marker to free-hand tendrils. Use #10 shader to apply Ice Crystals over entire design. (Note: Ice Crystals will appear "foggy" at first, but will dry clear.) Use dimensional glitter to add Gold tri-dots throughout design. Let dry.
  • 3. Follow manufacturer's directions to heat set paints. Allow to cure seven days.
  • Tip
  • 1. Use same design to paint a table runner, placemats, or even a mantel runner.