At dinner the other night a friend asked if I knew how to jazz up her much loved, old dress. She added that it was a flattering fit but now looking rather shabby. "I'd stencil it" I said. "I'd choose a pattern to complement the dress and cover the worn patches with paint to match your shoes, jacket or necklace".
I appear to have landed yet another project.
Winter is a great time to add rich colours and sparkle to your clothes and older items can be recycled for the holiday season using a stencil, imagination and some delicious, sparkly colours. Lumiere paint with its fabulous range of metallic and pearlescent hues might be just the tool to help you up-cycle an outfit.
Worn denim appreciates a facelift too. This was a project for our Stencil It book using the SB20B Damask stencil.
The linen/silk dress was stencilled with willow and carp in a feature that I wrote for Decorative Painter Magazine both designs are in our Japanese Style motif range
I stencilled the 'Faberge Egg' jersey dress for a trip to St Petersburg earlier this year, I combined an egg shaped stencil with an assortment of patterns along with some barge painting designs from our folk art range.
The silk ball skirts come out for posh parties. The pink one uses a Chinoiserie stencil from our Chinese Style collection and the dark blue one hosts the LTL11 Wisteria stencil along with one of the birds from VN177 Sparrows design. The matt paints are mostly from the Liquitex Acrylics range. The final pictures show an assortment of stencilled home furnishings as well as clothes.
Some of the step by step projects from making these items appear in our 'How To Stencil' and our 'Projects' sections of this blog; you can find them on the side bar. A colour chart and order form for both Lumiere and Liquitex paints are on our Stencil Library web site. I hope that I may have inspired you to pick up a stencil brush and add some painted festive sparkle to a neglected garment.