Have you ever lusted after Fortuny fabrics, the luxury Italian brand where pillows can cost $500+? I’ve written about Fortuny fabrics before — how they can be costly, and how you can frame inexpensive sample sizes of Fortuny fabrics and hang them on a wall as art. Because Fortuny fabrics are works of art.
I recently made my own DIY Fortuny-style pillows, with silk fabric, stencils and shimmery paint! Here’s two of them on my living room sofa:
Today I’ll share with you:
- The tutorial showing how to DIY your own faux Fortuny fabric
- Real Fortuny pattern inspiration
- Stencils that will give you the Fortuny look
For the steps to paint this fabric, tips to get the luxury look, and a supplies list, click over to my guest post at Paint+Pattern blogzine:
Two things I suggest at the tutorial post to get the rich Fortuny look:
- Use real silk fabric. I found that a heavier silk taffeta looks nice. I think silk dupioni is too slubby-looking for the fine Fortuny look, and thinner silks like crepe de chine are too flimsy. Taffeta is just right.
- Use the Royal Design Studio Stencil Cremes. They give just the right amount of luxurious shimmer to look like Fortuny.
Here you can see a close-up of the Stencil Cremes on my silk taffeta and silk velvet:
Real Fortuny Pattern Inspiration
Now here are examples of real Fortuny fabrics, to give you some inspiration:
I think Fortuny’s damask patterns, like those shown above, give the classic antique and vintage Fortuny look. They also have tribal and Moroccan-inspired patterns, so there is variety to the Fortuny style.
Stencils to get the Fortuny look
It’s not a surprise that stencils can give you the Fortuny look, because Fortuny uses stencils. Here are a bunch of recommended stencils, all from Royal Design Studio, that can give you the classic Fortuny style.
First, for my pillows I used the Corsini Damask Stencil size Small and Damask Modern Masters Stencil:
Here are a few more ideas:
Delicate Floral Wall Stencil (left) and Donatella Damask Stencil (right):
Encantada Damask Wall Stencil (left) and Florentine Damask Wall Stencil (right):
Fortuny Wall Stencil (left) Isle of Palms Damask Wall Stencil (right):
I think all of these would give you a Fortuny look! Now, some stencils cost more than others so you may also want to choose a stencil based on your project and whether you would re-use the stencil for other projects. I made three pillows for my living room sofas, and I’m sure I’ll be using these stencils again in the future. You can also stencil on bigger pieces of fabric to make bigger things:
- Recover chair cushions
- Make a long bench cushion
- Stencil on a duvet
- Make a wall hanging
- Stencil on curtains
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When stenciling on fabric, I recommend that you use a textile medium. It’s a liquid that you mix with paint so that the paint will stay softer and pliable after it dries, instead of crunchy feeling. You can find textile medium near the acrylic paints in a craft store. I also give more tips for using textile medium in the “faux Fortuny” tutorial post at Paint+Pattern — check it out!
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