How to Create a Hand Painted Floorcloth
Learn the secrets to designing and creating beautiful art for the floor.
Floorcloths, also know as “oilcloths”, were widely used in the 18th and 19th centuries. These cloths were used as area or wall-to-wall floor coverings to protect and decorate wood floors. In modern times, floorcloths are a fantastic floor covering that’s durable, easy to clean, and easy to customize. There are a few factors to consider for a professional and beautiful final product. You may be wondering:
- What is a floorcloth made of and what supplies do I need?
- How do I stretch and hem the canvas?
- How I determine what paints and patterns work best?
- And most of all....how do I protect my work for longevity?
The ability to make and paint floorcloths adds a unique service to your creative business. Creating and painting your own floor covering allows you to custom size your project, as well as create custom shapes like ovals, circles, and more. You are able to adapt and hand paint the pattern, color, and style to complement the interior design of the space. Floorcloths do not collect dust as easily as fabric rugs and they quickly clean up with a vacuum or a damp mop, which is ideal in areas such as kitchens, dining rooms, foyers, mudrooms, and children’s rooms as well. They last for years under high traffic, withstanding wear and tear. The mats also lie flat and without bulk on wood, tile, and concrete flooring, and roll up easily for storage. Depending on your products, floorcloths can be created for both interior and exterior spaces. As many original and reproduced floorcloths are seen today in North American and European manor homes, museums or heritage sites may require knowledge of floorcloths for restoration projects. Of course, they are perfect for use in contemporary homes as well.
Lori Le Mare shares her floorcloth techniques with you from her 35 years of experience in the fields of decorative painting, faux finishing, and the restoration of heritage painted finishes. Lori has earned a solid reputation as a master artisan, and is now teaching easy to learn finishes, step by step, right from her studio in Ontario,
Here's what we'll cover.
By the end of this course, students will be able to make and paint a floorcloth for any project. You’ll be able to put together the right tools and materials for a professional looking finish. You’ll learn how to stretch the canvas and prepare it well for paint. You’ll learn how to work both sides of the canvas and how to make your floorcloth square and hem it professionally. Colour selection and the application of design (in this course, a 3-dimensional block pattern) will also be covered. Finally, you’ll learn how to protect your work for a durable and waterproof professional finish.
This course is for you if:
- You want to learn how to create a floorcloth, but you aren’t sure where to begin and are excited to learn!
- You’re looking to add a versatile and unique service to your creative business, for both modern spaces and restoration projects.
- You’d like to create floorcloths for your own home.
- You’d like to start a creative business offering the creation of floorcloths for both local and online clients.
- You’re looking for an exciting, creative outlet that is fun and easy to start.