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Burnout Velvet




Create beautiful faux-bois velvet with this DIY technique from artist Kevin O'Brien.


  • Screen-printing screen
  • White silk/rayon velvet
  • Fiber Etch fiber-removing solution
  • Rubber squeegee
  • Iron
  • Metal scraper
  • Fabric dye
  • Paintbrush


  1. Step 1

    Transfer chosen design to screen with a screen-printing kit (drawing fluid or photo emulsion). Alternatively, have a screen-printing studio transfer the design for you.

  2. Step 2

    Lay white velvet with back (smooth side) facing up. Place screen over velvet; pour solution over screen. Using a rubber squeegee, drag liquid across design. Remove screen and let dry.

  3. Step 3

    Iron the back of the velvet with a hot iron. The heat will activate the solution to dissolve the fibers.

  4. Step 4

    Turn fabric over. Using a metal scraper, scrape away dissolved velvet to reveal design.

  5. Step 5

    Dye fabric with a base color. Brush a second color of dye onto the velvet with a paintbrush. Let fabric dry before using or sewing.



Reviews (1)

  • SeamusONeil 6 Mar, 2012

    I love burn-out velvet. Kevin O'Brien makes the best there is. I can't imagine trying to match his incredible designs and quality. That said, I'll have to give this a try! Good luck to me.