Tribal African art and geometric line art is so popular these days. I have to admit that I’ve become a tiny bit obsessed with mudcloth patterns. So while renovating our son’s bedroom over the past few months, I’ve been sending him Pin images of all types of black and white artwork. He’s chosen a neutral Boho style theme and I thought some mudcloth artwork would look nice with his bed and pillow shams. Then it occurred to me that I could hand draw some patterns and create some faux mudcloth vinyl art. Today I’m sharing all of the details with you along with these free mudcloth patterns, so you can create your own version.
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HOW TO DOWNLOAD THESE FREE MUDCLOTH PATTERNS
In this tutorial, I will show you how to make these designs using vinyl and an electronic cutting machine (i.e. Silhouette Cameo or Cricut). However, if you don’t have a cutting machine, you could use the PNG file or PDF file to print them as posters at your local office supply store. The PDF and PNG files are saved as 12″ X 18″. For my project, I used 12 X18 mats in 18 X 24 inch black frames.
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SUPPLIES TO MAKE DIY WALL ART AND LINE ART SVG CUT FROM VINYL
- CRICUT OR SILHOUETTE CUTTING MACHINE
- PAPER TRIMMER
- WEEDING TOOLS
- 12 X 24 INCH CUTTING MAT
- CRAFTING KNIFE
- BONE FOLDER (FOR EASIER BURNISHING WHILE TRANSFERRING VINYL)
SILHOUETTE CAMEO INSTRUCTIONS
If you have a Silhouette Cameo, open Silhouette Studio. Click file, then open and click on the Mudcloth Horizontal or Mudcloth Vertical file. It will be in the location that you downloaded it to earlier. You can resize the file at this point, if you want. The cut settings I used for this file are:
- For Permanent Matte Vinyl: Blade 2, Speed 8, Force 9
Please keep in mind that materials can vary in thickness and your blade can dull over time.
Cut your vinyl down to 18″ long (if you’re making the same size prints as me). Then place it on a 12 X 24″ cutting mat and load it into your machine. I only use the roll feeder (matless cutting) on my machine when the image is longer than 24″.
Use a brayer to ensure your vinyl is evenly stuck on the mat. Then load your mat into your machine and send the project to cut. Always do a test cut before sending the entire job.
If you have a Cricut machine, open Cricut Design Space. On the top welcome bar, click on My Projects. Now on the left menu bar towards the bottom, you should see an Upload button. Click on Upload.
Under Image, click Upload Image. Then click Browse. Now find the file that you downloaded earlier, click on it and choose Open. At this point, give your file an Image Name, Tags and click Save.
Under Recently Uploaded Images, click on the file. Then click the green Insert Images button on the bottom right. Now you can resize the file if you’d like.
Load your cutting mat with vinyl into the machine. I cut my vinyl roll to 18 inches long and placed it on a 12″ X 24″ cutting mat.
Choose your material in the software and click continue. For my project, I chose Matte Vinyl, as this is the base material I used. Load your fine point blade. Then click “Go” or the Cricut button on your machine to start cutting.
HOW TO WEED YOUR VINYL MUDCLOTH IMAGE
Once your file is cut, you’ll want to weed away the extra vinyl. I use the tip of a craft knife when I weed vinyl. It’s just what I’m use to. But, the vinyl weeding tools work perfectly well and they’re a little bit safer. It’s best to work in a well lit area when weeding your vinyl. I also find it easier to leave my project on the cutting mat when I weed.
You have two options with this project. You can weed out the small pieces and have a black background with white geometric shapes (white background showing through) or you can weed out the black background and have black geometric shapes on a white background. It might even look cool to do one of each. For my project, I left the black geometric shapes and weeded out the black background.
If you are making your project the same as mine, you might want to remove the vinyl in strips. I used a metal ruler and my craft knife to cut the vinyl in strips for easier removal. Some of the thinner lines and dots have a tendency to peel up, so take your time. When I was rushing, I lost a couple of lines and I had to recut those portions of the image again.
This is just another image to show you how to weed the vinyl.
Here are my two vinyl prints completely weeded and ready to transfer. This is where I noticed a couple of missing lines. If this happens to you, just go back and recut the lines your missing and use you tweezers to place them in the image.
HOW TO TRANSFER YOUR VINYL IMAGE TO YOUR WHITE ART BOARD
Remove the backing from your transfer paper. If you have the roll type of transfer paper, you don’t need to do this step.
Hold the sticky side of your transfer tape facing your vinyl image. I line it up in the air and then lower the middle portion down on my vinyl first. Then I slowly lower the two ends. Then use a brayer to roll it tight to the vinyl image. You may want to also burnish the image to your transfer paper with a bone folder.
Next, I peeled the vinyl off of my cutting mat and placed it fact down on a table (the back of the vinyl sheet will be facing you).
Then I slowly peeled the vinyl backing off of the transfer tape. You’ll want to take your time with this step as there are a lot of little lines and dots. If the vinyl isn’t staying stuck to the transfer tape, roll the backing down again and burnish it until the vinyl releases from the white paper backing.
Once done, your image will be completely on your transfer tape.
Now flip the transfer tape sticky side down, holding it on each end so it doesn’t stick to itself. Position the transfer tape/image over your poster board or art board. Once centered, lower it down onto the art board. Now roll the transfer tape with a brayer and burnish the image to the art board. Then start to peel off the transfer tape.
Once the transfer tape is completely removed run the brayer back over the vinyl to make sure it is stuck to the art board. Now set your artboard aside for later.
ASSEMBLE YOUR ART BOARD, MAT AND FRAME
Take your mat and flip it over so the back is facing up. Then add some paper cement to the back of the mat. I like using paper cement for this step because it doesn’t wrinkle the paper or mat and you can reposition it if you place it down wrong.
Now flip the mat over so the paper cement is facing down. Center the mat over your artboard and press it into place. Let it dry for a few minutes.
While your paper cement is drying, clean the glass on your picture frame (inside and out). Then place your artwork in the frame and close the back tabs over the frame backing. Now you can hang your artwork. Here’s a peak at my son’s new room. He loves the artwork and it coordinates so well with the other items in his room.
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It might be easier to print these mudcoth patterns from a print shop. However, I love the crisp clean lines of the vinyl and the clean white color of the art board. Whichever you choose, these line art SVG files will add character to any room. Thanks for following along and let me know how your project turned out.