4 ways with stripes

Photography fotolemaire.nl. Production and styling Laura Gommans & Anja Bas Backer

Hand painted stripes add a uniformly organic factor to homewares. Here are four fun projects to try.


You will need:

  • White washed linen
  • White sewing thread
  • Narrow twill tape (for the bows), 4 x 15 cm
  • Liquitex Paint Marker in Raw Sienna 0330 15 mm
  • Liquitex Paint Marker in Raw Sienna 0330 2 mm

Cut two 55 x 75 cm rectangles from the linen. On one of the short sides of both pieces, neatly top-stitch the fabric, finishing the rest all around with a zigzag stitch. Stitch the two zigzag-stitched long sides and one short side together. The top-stitched short sides are now your opening. Make a hem around the opening and stitch in place at 2 cm. Stitch the twill straps to both sides of the opening.

Cut a 55 x 15 cm strip from the linen. Zigzag stitch it all around. Stitch this to the inside of the pillow, like a tuck-in flap.

At 10 cm from the opening, draw three wide stripes (15 mm) with the paint pen across the width of the pillow with 1-2 cm between the stripes. Then on the tuck-in flap, draw narrow stripes (2 mm) 1 cm apart.


You will need:

  • Liquitex Paint Marker in Raw Sienna 0330 2mm
  • Liquitex Paint Marker in Light Portrait Pink 0810 2 mm
  • White porcelain mugs

Wash the mugs and make sure they are grease-free.

Draw stripes from top to bottom with the broad side of the marker. Let the paint dry thoroughly and bake the mugs for 25 minutes in an oven preheated to 160°C.

Note: If you choose to use these paint markers you must rinse the cups by hand, they won’t be dishwasher safe. Edding does special porcelain markers, but they’re not as wide.

Plant pot

You will need:

  • Terracotta plant pots in different sizes
  • Posca Uni Marker in White Large PC-7M
  • Posca Uni Marker White Medium PC-5M

Draw stripes on the pots. Make it interesting by drawing the stripes in different widths and distances apart.

Photo frame

You will need:

  • Wooden picture frame
  • Edding Outdoor Marker 8055 in White (1 – 2 mm round)

Use the marker to draw equal-thickness lines all around the frame at equal distances apart.


Practice drawing stripes by hand, first on a sample piece of fabric or similar surface to what you’re working with. Try different widths and distances to get the hang of it and see what result you like.

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