It’s sort of been a goal of mine, with this blog, to have posts up two or three times a week. I’m a little behind at the moment, simply because I’m low on cool-looking pictures. I’ve got a lot of designs in my head and even a few sketched out onto paper, but I haven’t completed anything new lately.
Also in queue is a How-To post that will be great, but it’s still under construction. I’ve got the pre-pictures finished, and some of the middle steps as well, but what’s a How-To without a finished project to show off? (I like to post about pretty and successful things I’ve made, but there are always plenty of mistakes and messes that I could talk about too.) So, things are coming along but sometimes it’s difficult to find time for all the fun things there are to do!
So anyway.. on to the messes and mistakes. I recently got some fabric spray paints. I’ve seen them in the store but never really considered using them; I’m not really a spray paint kind of girl. Then, the other day, my sister sent me a link that was all about using these fabric spray paints with great ideas and suggestions and, suddenly, the idea seemed a lot less daunting. So, I went out and got a can of white and of green and came home to experiment.
First, let me say: Wow! These are messy. With brushing or sponging on paint, I don’t always lay out newspaper to protect the nearby flat surfaces. With these I was glad I did.
Second, with spray paints, lots comes out at a time. The instructions indicated that multiple layers would work best for darker colors. I think it would be more successful to wait for each layer to dry before spraying again; puddles were forming after adding the second layer. So, I guess I’ll have to learn patience. *sigh*
And finally, I need to do a better job covering the fabric I don’t want painted. This first time around I simply draped newspaper over the areas I wanted protected. I didn’t factor in splashing, running or puddle formations. Next time I’ll tape down the edges.
So, all in all, these shirts are probably a bust.. good thing they were practice runs!