woensdag 3 september 2014

DIY bat skirt

Today I want to share with you how I work on my custom skirts. I often get questions about what paint I use and if you can wash them or not. In this post I will aswer to all those questions.

What you need to make a bat skirt:
- skirt
- bat immage
- paper or plastic (dividers)
- cutter blade
- fabric paint
- paint brush

First you will have to make a stencil of what you want to paint on your skirt. You can also paint in on freehand, but it's a lot harder. But your design on the paper or plastic, and cut it out with a cutter blade. When you use paper, keep in mind the stencil will only be usable once. The plastic dividers will not tear as paper would, so you can keep these and clean them after painting.

Now you put the stencil on the skirt and decide where you want your design to be. You can use multiple stencils for one skirt if you like to.

Now it's time to take our paint. I have worked with several types of fabric paint, I use Decorfin textile in 126 white opaque on blacks or Textil Plus 070 white (also opaque). These paints are washable to up to 40degrees celsius.

You can also use fabric markers for dark colors: I have the Javana texi max for dark colors in white. Please not you will not an as good coverage of the area with a marker. These have to be shaken a lot as well before using them.

If you ahve made any mistakes to your painting, you can always correct them. I have a pot of black paint and a fine detail brush that I correct mine with after putting the design on. You can go over it as many times as you need to get it exactly how you want.

When you have your paint and paintbrush ready, it's time to start painting on the stencil. I always work from the borders inward, so no paint gets underneath the actual stencil. And color the design in after maken the outline.

After the painting you have to let the design dry for 2 hours, and then iron it from the backside to really set in the paint. After this it will not come off when washing it.

You can always experiment with other colors and designs, but now you know how the fabric paint works and what you have to do to really set it in.

Optionnal: if you don't have acces to fabric paints, but do have acrylic paints, you can also use those if you first put on a layer of Gesso. This allows for more elaborate colors and designs.

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