Coloring Fabric Folds

by Colleen Schaan

Learn coloring tips for adding depth and dimension to fabric folds.


  • Stamp or digital image that has fabric or petals with folds (Brynn has a Baby Shower by Stamping Bella used here)
  • Stamping ink compatible with alcohol markers, dye or hybrid (Memento Espresso Truffle by Tsukineko used here)
  • Smooth white cardstock (X-Press It Blending Card used here)
  • Alcohol markers – light, medium and dark shade (Copic Markers B60, B63, and B66 used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project


  1. Step 1

    Stamp the image onto white cardstock with compatible ink.

    Begin by deciding where the light source is coming from. In this sample, the light will be coming from the upper right.

  2. Step 2

    Using the lightest shade marker (B60 here), plan out where the shadows will be. Add teardrop shaped flicks in either the “hill” areas or the “valley” areas of the skirt. (Here the shadows are added to the valley areas.)

  3. Step 3

    Using the darkest shade marker (B66 here), add ink to the planned shadows. Flick from the bottom of the skirt up towards the gathered waist.

  4. Step 4

    Using the medium shade marker (B63 here), begin to widen and lengthen the dark shaded areas. Do not worry about blending yet; just think about color placement.

  5. Step 5

    Using the light shade marker again (B60), continue to widen and lengthen the shadow areas. Do not color all the way into the highlights.

  6. Step 6

    The shadows have probably lightened a bit, so add a small amount of the darkest shade back into the deepest shadow area.

  7. Step 7

    Begin blending out towards the highlight with the medium shade.

  8. Step 8

    Continue blending with the lightest shade. Once the shades are blended, swipe the highlights once or twice with the lightest color.

  9. Step 9

    Color any stripes or underskirts using the same technique.

  10. Step 10

    Color the rest of the image as desired.

  11. Step 11

    Use the colored image to create a card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Coloring Fabric Folds. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Nice tutorial. I wish I would have seen this a couple of days ago for a particular project. I will definately give this a try. Thanks for the easy to understand directions. Thanks for sharing.
Diane Shull  |  Wed Aug 26, 2015 at 5:53 AM
Excellent I need those Copic colors!!! smile
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Aug 26, 2015 at 10:19 AM
Beautiful! I loved seeing your video. Sometimes I get impatient, so it was encouraging to me to see that it takes some time for even an expert! I love coloring, so I must remember to focus on that and not on finishing up.
Leslie Parks  |  Wed Aug 26, 2015 at 2:22 PM
Wish I had more copics! I only have 7 and had to use spectrums and blendabilities but they don't work as nice as my copics.
muscrat  |  Wed Aug 26, 2015 at 7:25 PM
Great tutorial, Colleen! It's always fun to see someone color and hear your explanation! Beautiful image and beautiful coloring! Thanks!
CherylQuilts  |  Fri Aug 28, 2015 at 1:33 PM

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