How to Paint on Chiffon

Things You\’ll Need

  • Fabric hoop

  • Permanent silk paints

  • Spray bottle

  • Water

  • Silk paint brushes

... Chiffons are swept with water and paint to create soft designs.

Chiffon is a lightweight and sheer fabric made from cottons, synthetic fibers and silks. This fabric is easily dyed, but you can also use a painting technique similar to watercolor. Dyes or paints are diluted with alcohol or water, respectively, to create a soft sweeping of color over the fabric. This method can be used at home to embellish any chiffon fabrics like curtains, scarves and dresses.

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Step 1

Trace or draw a design lightly onto the chiffon, using a pencil. This will serve as a design guide.

Step 2

Secure the fabric design area between the hoop layers. Pull the edges outside of the hoop to tighten the design area.

Step 3

Fill the spray bottle with water. Spray the hooped design area lightly to dampen, but not soak, the fabric.

Step 4

Dip the paint brush into water, then the paint. Gently stroke the color onto the fabric. The color will expand and bleed to create a blend of shades on the dampened fabric. Repeat this painting technique until design is filled.

Step 5

Let it dry completely. Wash according to individual care instructions.


For an all-over color or marbled look on chiffon, dribble larger amounts of paint over the entire fabric. The colors will expand and blend together to create an all-over watercolor effect.