I recently painted some Parisian poster-inspired flour sack tea towels for a gift. I used a fantastic 1890s lithograph by Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen called "La Rue," or "the street," which was created to showcase the talents of one of the leading poster printers of his day, Charles Vernau. Here is the complete original lithograph of the hustle and bustle of workers and business people on the busy Parisian street:
Here is me playing with a copy of the original, followed by the finished product:
My altered draft version, from working on top of a copy of the original lithograph. I cropped it and enhanced some colors and thickened up some lines.
Honestly, I think I like my "draft" version on paper better than the finished product on fabric, but it's still cool. And yes, acrylic paint with textile medium will stay on the fabric, even if you wash it in hot water and dry it in a hot dryer. So you can actually use your pretty towels. Or impress your friends with them at your next food gathering.
I got this material from a fantastic book called "Posters of Paris." I highly recommend.