I’ve had more adventures with fabric paint, as well as some fabric markers that I’ve never used before.
As a birthday present for Bo, a friend and I went in on a fabulous Needles & Things canvas tote bag. I would link to the site, but sadly it is no more. This bag is very expandable with a lot of storage. Bo had given both of us one of these bags, but hadn’t picked up one for herself when she had the opportunity. I’ve filled mine with all my viking knit supplies, and there is still so much room… love it!
The downside of the bag? The lack of colour choice – there is blue and there is khaki. Well, it’s not a downside to everyone, but to colourful people it is a problem. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get the blue, so out came the paints!
After a few layers of base fabric paint, I started to paint on some designs. Once there was no sign of khaki, I started adding details. When both sides were dry, I got out the Uchida DecoArt fabric pens and started to draw. I love these pens… they are one of my new favourite things. It was so nice not to have to outline with a steady hand (which I do not have) and a brush, or by squeezing out a line of paint. The squeezing works, but it creates a raised outline, and on a bag that will be rubbing against fabric I worry that it will catch and peel. After outlining, I got out the fabric markers, which were quite sheer. I used them to highlight and shadow.
I’m hoping the paint will be durable… I’ve told Bo that she knows where to find me if touch-ups are needed… Here’s hoping that the fabric stands up to the wear and tear of use!
What are your experiences with fabric paint? Success? Disaster? Somewhere in between?
Did you know that you can wipe up exploded fabric paint from the floor, the table, the cat’s plastic place mat, the counter top and the cupboards, but oddly enough, it doesn’t come off of fabric… Sigh… ah well… live and learn (it’s not like the name “fabric paint” didn’t give me a few clues!). 😀
The happy news is that I have finished my iPad mini cover… Yay! It went through quite a few versions, but I think I like this one. It is a bit of an experiment – hopefully it will hold up to the rigours of being hauled around in my chaotic purse. I didn’t save all the versions as some were pretty unfortunate, but here is a mini retrospective…
Original cuteness, the blackout, the backgrounding and the flower explosions
And here is the final product – there is a bit of a glare due to the fact that I used some shiny and pearly paint:
Completed iPad mini cover
I wanted to be a princess when I grew up, and I’m hard on iPad covers. How do these two connect? Well, today I broke another iPad mini cover… it’s starting to get ridiculous! As always, my go to place for “new” stuff is UsedVictoria. Yay… there was an iPad mini cover, brand new, for sale. Less yay… it had princesses (or whatever the characters from Frozen are) on it. I wanted to be a princess, not carry them.
Time to get out the trusty fabric paint.
So far I’ve just smeared some black paint on it to render it less precious and more useable. Festive paint to follow!
I’m happy to report that the case is a different style than the others I’ve bought, so fingers crossed it lasts longer.
Oh, and by the way, I don’t want to be a princess anymore, although I do still enjoy wearing crowns!