I picked up this super cheap rug on a recent trip to the store, and brought it home with intentions to paint it. I have been using my painted beach bag a lot, and getting loads of compliments, so it inspired me to try my hand here. I decided to try and replicate some of those gorgeous ikat patterns that I have been seeing everywhere lately. If you've never heard the word ikat before- don't worry. It's a recent word for me, too. I was going around pronouncing it "eye- cat" like some fabric pedestrian, ha! It's actually pronounced "ee- coht" apparently. And the name refers to the way the threads are dyed before the process of weaving into a fabric. So obviously this is "fake" ikat. If you'd like your own painted ikat rug, first google "ikat" for inspiration. I drew from many different patterns, and pretty much ended up with something unique. Ikat is very forgiving in the pattern, as you will see, which makes it perfect to try and replicate with paint! I do a lot of painting, but exact is NOT my thing.
2. fabric paints or craft paints
3. various sized brushes
I decided on a rounded diamond shape that is very popular in ikat fabrics, and used that as my jumping off point.
When your own rough outline of a pattern emerges, it then becomes much easier because it's all about painting in the negative space. I just kept the colors coming and layered them inside AND outside the pattern. Not as hard as it looks, I promise.