How to Paint on Chiffon

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.

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

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric hoop

  • Permanent silk paints

  • Spray bottle

  • Water

  • Silk paint brushes

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.