This DIY blog was born of distress and sadness....maybe a little too dramatic for an intro about clothes but when your favorite pair of 7 for all mankind jeans have been ruined by an ugly stain you feel sad and are under distress.
The story begins like this: my friend was visiting from Michigan and we decided to spend the whole day shopping and enjoying the Florida coast. We ventured out and were not prepared with snacks, water, etc. Silly us but no worries our next stop was a fresh market. I picked up a box of nuts and a fresh banana, while she opted for a delicious pink lady apple (I see now that I should have followed suit). We went to the car to enjoy our snacks. That's when it happened, the craziest thing we both have ever seen (well, fruit wise)... I peeled the banana and juice dripped out onto my leg which just so happened to be wearing my favorite white pants. No biggie we thought, dab of water should do it. Nope, it got much worse as we were walking around the next store. It progressively got this ugly poop brown color. No lie!
We went to the car and I sprayed it with hand sanitizer...still there. So after three washes with various tough cleaners and whiteners I knew they were goners.
AH HA! I decided they would now be a perfect candidate for my art. Wearable canvas, eh! So I set out to cover the abomination forever.
What you will need:
1. Article of clothing: pants, shirts, socks, underwear...get creative lol!
2. Fabric paint (I used regular acrylic paint because I wanted the design to look distressed, as it will wash out a bit)
3. Fabric brushes (very stiff brushes help you to be more precise)
4. Template or hand drawn design
5. Pencil & eraser
6. Plastic wrap or bag
Remember that paint is very fluid, you must place a plastic bag or plastic wrap in between the layers of fabric. Ex: I painted the leg of a pair of jeans, I place a plastic bag down the pant leg to protect the back side from any bleeding through.
Now take your template or design and sketch it on your fabric. If you need precise lines, erase any mistakes. Don't worry about leaving the pencil marks otherwise, they come out in the wash.
Once you have finished your drawing you may begin using your paint to fill in your design. Take your time and enjoy the transformation. Some fabric can have a thicker weave, this is were the stiff brushes work best.
Let your painting dry completely before going forward. Look at the paint bottle to see the time frame they suggest. Most are 4-24 hours.
Once dry, WEAR IT, then photo sesh!!!
Don't forget to take before and after photo's to show off your new artwork! Enjoy repurposing those stained articles of clothing into a masterpiece! Proud believer in REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!
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