I've had more friends request hand painted tea towels. Since I found myself not having time to paint every one, I'm now block printing the outline and then hand coloring it with acrylic paint mixed with textile medium. This method is great because all the materials wash well and won't fade or crack. So you can actually use your towel to dry dishes!
You can see my process here:
This are was inspired by an 1890s ad poster 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.
The tea towels I use are 100% cotton and measure 28 inches by 28 inches. They are called "flour sack" towels because they are reminiscent of a time when flour was purchased in sacks weighing 50 pounds or more. When the sack was empty, the fabric could be used for kitchen towels, cleaning cloths, pillow cases, etc. Nubs and imperfections are characteristics of the fabric.
I plan to teach a class on printing and painting on fabric soon. If you're interested and can make it to the Austin area, please shoot me an email and let me know!