Mark and Paint on Canvas and Fabric with Laura Smith

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Mark and Paint in Canvas Class

Do you have a drawing or photo that you’d like to make into an embroidered design? In our Group Correspondence Course Mark and Paint on Canvas and Fabric, you will mark and paint one design onto needlepoint canvas and one onto silk fabric.

Step-by-step instructions are given for painting with acrylic paint and fabric paint or dye (including using resist). The importance of using markers and paint that conform to archival quality standards for fabrics is emphasized. An appendix gives details about specific products and sources. Students may use the three provided designs, but are encouraged to create their own. The annotated bibliography includes design and drawing books, but this class will not teach drawing per se.

The goal of this course is for students to feel confident and competent to transfer designs to fabric or canvas with markers and paint. After you complete the course, the text becomes a reference manual that you’ll use over and over again. Students are encouraged to work in groups to share supplies, but the course may be taken by individuals.

Mark and Paint on Canvas and Fabric information

Project: Two drawn and painted designs, one on needlepoint canvas and one on silk fabric
Size: Student’s choice
Fabric: Needlepoint canvas, silk
Threads: Student’s choice (no stitching instructions are included)
Colors: Student’s choice
Proficiency Level: All
Prerequisites: None
Time: One preliminary meeting to gather supplies, three working meetings, and one turn-in session
Fee: $175 per group
Text: $32 per student; 65 pages comb-bound with 40 color photographs and three design diagrams
Supplies (approximate): $30 depending on choice of supplies/ground fabric and number of students sharing paint

About teacher Laura Smith

Laura Smith is an embroidery innovator, nationally known designer, and process style teacher. She is consultant for EGA Challenge 2016 and past Chairman of Fiber Forum (2011-2015), a juried group of original designers within EGA. She holds the EGA Master Craftsman in Color and has served as chair for the Master Craftsman in Color Program since 2006. As a former director of an arts center, her education includes an MBA and undergraduate degree in chemistry. Her website is

Work done by students of Mark and Paint on Canvas and Fabric

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