Painting Imagery on Fabric with Textile Paints

pinkbirdPaint offers endless opportunities for creating special effects on fabric, from adding details, dimension or shadow to creating fully illustrated scenes.

While working with textile paints, students learn techniques for creating smooth gradations of color, glazing paint to create more visual depth, covering large areas and backgrounds smoothly, avoiding blotchiness, control paint bleeding, how to working with freezer paper masks, and paint smooth lines and fine details.

This is an information packed class geared to help students gain confidence painting on fabric for art quilting and can be expanded to multi day format. 

Color Theory

colortheoryDid you know the color choices you make can transform an average piece of artwork into something spectacular? Be surprised and delighted by the effects and illusions you can create by understanding the mysteries of color. In this hands-on experiential class you’ll learn key color concepts with visual examples, mix new paint colors, and create helpful charts, all providing you with the tools you’ll need to see color in a whole new light.

This class also incorporates an in depth and informative power point lecture with numerous graphics and examples to illustrate key theories and color families to increase overall comprehension.

10 Textile Techniques using Acrylic Inks

AcrlcInkPerezSpend a day exploring surface design techniques: create colorful textured backgrounds, explore mark making with different kinds of stamps, and drawing with quill calligraphy and ruling pens.

Explore layering washes of color and imagery, by creating masks with freezer paper and make simple resists from common items found in the office supply store.

Learn to paint imagery opaquely and with
a transparent watercolor look.This class is packed with tips and ideas of different ways to work with these versatile inks on fabric.

This class makes an excellent multi day workshop and can be expanded into a week long workshop incorporating construction, stitching and binding techniques.

Tsukineko All Purpose Inks

Tsukineko Inks_PerezTsukineko inks have a broad range of applications for painting fabric.

I teach two different methods for working with the inks. One uses the Fantastix tool with a dry brush method that feels more like traditional drawing, and the other method is working wet with paintbrushes that give a more painterly quality.This is a techniques class where you will master blending and shading, mixing colors, creating light and dark colors, learn how to control bleeding on fabric and creating fine lines and details.


Tea & Ephemera

tea & ephemeraUsing textile paint, printed paper vintage imagery, thermo fax screens, colored pencils, rubber stamps, paint sticks, tea bags and more, learn multiple mixed media techniques while creating a mixed media fabric collage that you can stitch or quilt.




Ornamental Fiesta

Perez.Judy,FiestaOrn3Featured in Quilting Arts 2007 Holiday Gifts Magazine.

You’ll love making these fun, festive ornaments inspired by Mexican folk
art…and learn lots of decorative techniques in the process!You’ll
paint, do a little quilting and decorative stitching, sew metal and do some beautiful decorative embossing. You’ll leave with a wonderful ornament and the inspiration to put the pedal to the metal and stitch lots more at home.


Heavy Metal Play Day

hvymetal newSpend a day working with craft metal and discover a variety of ways you can add flash to your mixed media projects.

Learn multiple embossing techniques to create beautiful designs with dimension and texture on aluminum and copper metal. Several methods for enhancing metal with color using alcohol inks and markers will also be explored in this fun and relaxed class.


Magical Metal Altars

magical altarSee how easy it is to emboss and stitch metal, work with textile paints and use decorative stitching and quilting to create a beautiful festive altar inspired mixed media textile art piece for display.





Perez teaching

January 7-10 Craft Napa
2-day Acrylic Inks Adventure
Tea and Ephemera

April Tampa, FL TBA

April 12-14 Focus on Fiber New Smyrna Beach, FL
3 day retreat Acrylic Inks adventure

April 25-May 1 Smiling Turtle Art Spot, Omaha, NE
2 day- Tea & Ephemera
Heavy Metal Play day
3 day- Acrylic Inks

May 10-12 Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild, Folsom, CA 10+ Techniques with Acrylic Inks

May 18,19 Diablo Valley Quilters, Danville, CA workshop TBA

June 7, 8 Pine Tree Quilt Guild, Grass Valley, CA Tea & Ephemera

July 11, 12 Foothill Quilters, Auburn, CA workshop TBA

July 18, 19 Quilters of Contra Costa County Tea & Ephemera

August 10, 11 Gold Coast Quilters, Morro Bay, CA Tea & Ephemera

August 17, 18 Piecing Partners Quilt Guild, Colorado Springs, CO Color Theory, Painting Imagery with Textile Paints

September 6, 7 the Quilter’s Sew-Ciety of Redding, CA
Tsukineko Inks

Nov 3-6 International Quilt Festival, Houston



 I would love to teach in your neck of the woods, please drop me a note in the box below and I’ll send you information on classes, fees and scheduling.