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“A Patch of Color” Learn to Paint on Fabric


Monday, October 24, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Eastern
(6:00 pm Central // 4:00 pm Pacific)

Workshop Description:

Famous Harlem Artist, Aleathia Brown will teach you how to paint on sustainable fibers CUT from home. YOU will be cutting a small rectangular primed and painted swatch of fabric.  These can come from a cotton button down shirt, an old bed sheet or some unused denim. By repurposing we make art sustainable on a small wearable frame-worthy miniature fabric. 

With a whimsical silhouette and 3 colors that tell a beginning, middle and end visual story, participants will make a wearable art with purpose. You can flow in an abstract color-filled way.

The patch that YOU create will have color and pizzazz and a silhouette or two. We will use acrylic screen paint so that each patch is a washable, wearable, frame-worthy miniature masterpiece welcoming creatives or non-artists. 

Cost of this workshop: $10 

*Can’t attend at the last minute? Want to be able to rewatch the workshop? Everyone who purchases a ticket will receive a private link to the workshop recording when it is over.

Visit Aleathia’s Original Artwork on the GNL Marketplace

Workshop Notes:

Select 3 colors that tell a story


  • Red for the passion I have for living
  • Copper for the healing abilities it has
  • Purple for power of royalty

Suggested material to paint on:

  • A cotton Sheet
  • Old button down cotton shirt
  • Jeans
  • Cut into a rectangle 3.5″ x 4.5
  • Finish the edges to prevent unraveling

Supply List:                                                                     

  • Speedball  Screen Printing acrylic paint                                                       
  • Gesso small jar or tube for acrylic paint (it acts as a primer so paint sits on top rather than soak through)                       Black, White (you select 3 colors that tell a story in addition)                         
  • Round nylon paintbrushes #01, 02, 04                                                        
  • Water cup & bottle water(2)  one cup for water, 2nd larger container empty for dirty water,  fill a recycled bottle with water                                    
  •  Rags use from the fabric from swatch or paper towel (to dry/clean brushes)
  • Masking Tape                                                                                                          
  • Fabric repurpose from: a button down cotton shirt, bed sheet or old denim (cut into a 3.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle)   
  • Suggestion: take rectangle fabric to cleaners and have edges finished so it doesn’t unravel or fold over and sew edges.


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About the program leader: 

Aleathia Brown is a native of both Harlem and The Bronx. She earned her BFA in Media Arts & Arts Education, with a minor in Graphic Design. Aleathia is listed with The National Museum of Women in the Arts Archives. Aleathia continues to mark her place in history. In 2018, Aleathia participated in the Works on Paper exhibition at the Brick Lane Gallery in East London and performed at the Poetry Society in Covent Garden. After returning to the United States, she began creating new works on burlap. Aleathia’s live recorded audio and video, “He was Dating my Hair,” was performed at the Bronx Museum of Art. It has been archived in another version at the City Hall of Records archival department as an Official New York Story. Her revised version was featured on The Moth Radio Hour, podcast, and website in November 2018. UNINTERRUPTED a retrospective on display at the El Taller Latino Americano Gallery in early 2020, was a celebration of Aleathia Brown’s journey of 53 years making art. The display included works on paper, burlap, and mixed medium.