I figured out a while back how I went from a size 5 to a size 7.
I wore sweatpants all winter long. Loose, stretchy, elastic band sweatpants.
'Cause it was cold.
This winter I am going to wear my jeans every day. This way I will know if I am putting weight on.
And I want my jeans to be pretty since I am going to have to look at 'em every day.
The Barbie Peace & Love & Butterflies Graffiti Jeans
above are my doodle pants. It's the pair I use to test out colors, techniques, and stamps.
I've been wanting to design a pair of jeans that have an Indian/Bollywood feel to 'em; like a design on the fabulous clothes at Kaneesha.com
. I still need to go out looking for more stencils. A few weeks ago I grabbed a stencil Mom was about to toss that had some elements I was searching for; the other parts are a little too 1970's folk art for my taste.
Last night I decided to give it another try; this time taping off the part of the stencil I did not want to use. I also deliberately covered up the little hanging notch, 'cause I am sort of stupid.
And by all means: tape down the entire stencil if you try this. You may think you can get through the whole stencil process without being interrupted; however, someone (Mom) will come to your bedroom exclaiming that weird noises and voices are coming from the side of the house, and there is a helicopter circling a few streets over. You will then need to get up, insist that it's safe for you to go outdoors to investigate 'cause it's only 7:38 in the evening - and argue if it's not safe to go outdoors in Corona del Mar at 7:38 in the evening, then it's time to move.
I used NEOPAQUE by Jacquard in 588 Black. You do NOT need and SHOULD NOT use too much! Pour a little inside the lid and dab lightly with a make-up sponge until you do not see the color of the jeans - then STOP. It takes practice to learn just how much is too much, 'cause the paint does have a tendency to spread if you aren't paying attention.
If you look at the top left-hand side, you can see I was not paying attention. I must have been distracted worrying about the weird noises and voices coming from my neighbors. With the exception of the spread, I liked what I saw! Now I had to glam it up!
It's totally difficult to tell in this photo how using Tulip SOFT Sterling Glitter fabric paint and the end of a paintbrush gives the look of shiny diamonds! I LOVE this paint! I LOVE the effect! I use the same technique on paper too! I'll try to remember to take a picture of it's shining glory in the sunlight hours.
If these were a real pair of jeans, and not another practice pair, I would've just mirrored the stencil on the other leg and just added a black shirt and be off!
But I had some more paint to play with.
I wasn't too thrilled with the color combination I used; I had something different in mind before I was distracted for reals. The LUMIERE Metallic Paints by Jacquard are AWESOME! However, the less expensive Tulip and DecoArt So Soft fabric paints are my FAVORITES.
Overall, I feel quite satisfied with this second attempt. Now I need to go to the secondhand store for jeans and find some more stencils so I can stockpile for the winter months.