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DIY Tea Towels | Asparagus

SoSoft® Fabric Paint

DIY Tea Towels  | Asparagus
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DIY Tea Towels | Asparagus

designed by Jennifer Rizzo

Painitng your own Tea Towels is such an easy way to change your kitchen style for the season!

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SoSoft® Fabric Paint

  • Avocado Green (DSS19)
  • Buttermilk (DSS48)
  • Christmas Green (DSS26)
  • Dark Rose (DSS94)
  • Green Apple (DSS75)
  • Lavender (DSS12)

Other supplies

  • paper towels
  • 1" painter's tape
  • tea towel
  • #1 and #2 round brushes
  • #2 flat brush
  • Derwent watercolor pencil, Grass Green (Blick)


  1. Pre-wash and dry the towel. Tape off an approximately 8" square in the lower third of the towel center. Use a watercolor pencil to sketch the asparagus design and letter, or use the template provided as a stencil. (The watercolor pencil will wash out of the fabric if needed later.)
    Step 0 Example
  2. Once the design is sketched on the towel, gather the SoSoft colors listed in the supplies. If needed, use a real piece of asparagus for a rough color guide and for reference. (This could change color choices slightly if you're basing the imprint on the natural color of the asparagus.)
    Step 1 Example
  3. Start by working up from the base with color.We first painted SoSoft in Lavender, added Buttermilk, and then painted Green Apple and Avocado Green as we worked up the stem, mimicking the colors on the real stalk of asparagus.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Paint the asparagus stem, adding highlights and shadows as needed using Christmas Green and Dark Rose. (When painting the asparagus tips, lay down a layer of Christmas Green first, then paint over with lighter colors to give the illusion of depth, working up to Buttermilk and using a #2 round brush.)
    Step 3 Example
  5. After finishing the first stalk, let dry and then add the second stalk using the same technique. While the paint is still wet, blend highlights using Buttermilk along the tops of the stalk tip and stem.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Add characteristics such as bumps and scales on the side and top of the stalk. (Mixing Lavender and Avocado in a 50/50 ratio works well for scales.)
    Step 5 Example
  7. Once the asparagus is painted, use Lavender or another color of choice to paint in the outline of the letter. Let dry.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Once dry, go back and add any darker low lights or bright highlights, as needed, to add depth to the asparagus.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Remove the tape when the painting is completed and paint is dry. Follow laundering instructions for after care.
    Step 8 Example


While we used a real stalk for reference, it's not required.

Let the SoSoft Fabric paint dry a little if you feel the colors are becoming too muddy between applications.