My toddler is VERY into his letters and numbers lately, so when it came time to think up a theme for a spring shoe refashion, his vintage-style alphabet blocks stood out from the pack (that, and I'm not as good at drawing dinosaurs or trains, which would have been the other top contenders!). And sure enough, when I presented them to him the morning after I made them, he picked one up and said, "ABC shoe!" Exactly, my dear. Now we can practice his letters and colors while on the go!
Use the black permanent marker to outline your design. I drew the outline of the blocks first and then filled in the letters. I started with his initials on the tabs for some personalization, and then added a good mix of letters as I worked my way around the shoe, from toe to heel. (Note: In your aspirations toward random letter placement, be aware of any words you might spell out inadvertently!)
Then I used the six colors from the neon fabric marker pack to color in the edges and the letters. With the outlines already drawn, it was just like a coloring book! These particular pens have two tip options--a fuller, "juicier," paintbrush-style marker tip for strong color saturation (shown above), and a thinner, stiffer marker tip for finer details. I alternated between the two, depending on the complexity of the letter I was working on.
One shoe down, one to go!
One pair of DIY ABC kicks: Complete. Make them in any size!
With all the snow and ice that’s piled up in the Northeast and other parts of the country right now, we thought it was about time we put it to good use! Create unique and amazing colors and patterns with Snow and Ice Dyeing it’s a super easy and fun way to dye fabric. This would be a great project to do with kids. I really love this technique for dyeing. It creates some amazing color mixes and designs and it does all the work for you! In the summer you can do this with ice cubes! I think this is my new favorite way to dye fabric!
To create art these days, you need not look further than to your Tulip Fashion art stash & your refrigerator! Yep, you can create some seriously fun designs using the veggies in your crisper drawer! Let me walk you through some cool ways to use these fun and creative stamps from your kitchen!
You know that pesky bottom of your celery stalk that you usually end up not eating? Well, it makes for the coolest organic rosette design! Simply sponge on the Tulip Soft Paint color of your choice to the bottom of the stalk, stamp off any excess on a paper towel, and then stamp your design on your shirt! Simple and pretty rosette designs in minutes!
When your kid doesn't eat all their carrots for lunch, turn them into a stamp too! Simply slice the tip of the carrot to be a flat surface and load it up with paint. It becomes a fun organic polka dot ready to pounce on your fabric!
Don't you hate it when your veggies are a little past their freshness date? You now are giving them some new life (only unless it old gross lettuce, we don't think that would be fun to stamp with - HA!). This corn-on-cob makes a cool abstact stripe pattern. Simply cut off the corn to the design width you are wanting to work with, then stick a dowel or skewer in the end to turn the stamp with! Use a foam brush to pounce on the colors (we went for a fun rainbow design here). Add an instant cool factor to a tote, shirt, or even a canvas to display on the wall!
Root vegetables make great stamps too. Cut a beet or turnip in half and load them up with paint. This is a great way to teach the kiddos an art and food learning lesson all in one. And we could see this one being transformed into a heart shape too! All these stamped vegetables are perfect for your fabric paint project! Don't forget to pick up your Tulip Soft paint the next time you're out, so you can stamp up a fun new placemat set, tablerunner, t-shirt, tote, and more! The ideas are endless. :)
The look of my art room is constantly changing. I'm on this kick where I want everything to have purpose and meaning. So when it came to upgrading my office chair/workstation chair, I decided that instead of buying a new one, I would paint the one I have.
Think about it - our computer or art table chairs are where we create our magic. Why not, make over your chair so it is artful and bursting with your personality and creativity? Right?
I didn't have to prime, I just went for it. Two coats worked perfectly.
I love bright colors, so I added green with the purple.
Almost done basecoating!
You can see how soft the paint is when it dries. It just kind of melts into the fabric.
Once it was all base coated, I had to add detail!
I used Aleene's Fabric Fusion to add applique designs. I also painted the arms with Tulip Soft Paint in Gold Glitter!
I wrote "have purpose" on the front of my chair to remind that everything I make or write is to have a good purpose to hopefully inspire others! Keep the creativity alive!
On the back of my chair, after I painted it, I affixed a glorious sequined applique to bring good energy - no more craft fails! Um, we'll have to see about that one!
I hope this inspires you to paint your own office chair - make it your own! TIP: I suggest having a cushion to sit on because once you paint the fabric, it will be soft, but kind of like a light vinyl. I bought a Forever Comfy and made a fabric sleeve for it!
Recently I went to a birthday where a friend’s son had a pair of creepers. I was immediately reminded of the shoes of my teen years. If we were not in combat boots or skate shoes we were sporting a pair of creepers. The little wee pair was so cute I was determined Baxter would have a pair. Well I was determined I would make Baxter a pair.
– Black slip on shoes
– Paint brush
– Puffy Paint Writer - Blue
– Tulip Soft Fabric Paint - Black and White
– Black Shoe Laces
First paint a white section on the toe of the black slip on shoes. This make take a couple of coats. Allow to dry completely.
Next using black paint add spots that mimic animal print. Allow to dry completely. Of course my daughter Tallulah had to have her own pair of shoes to paint. Bless the thrift store heavens that I found two pairs of the same shoe in two different sizes.
With blue paint outline the toe of the shoe and add faux upper (to give the illusion of a lace up shoe). Allow to dry completely.
Welcome to SPRING. Well, not really. In Louisiana one day it's 80 degrees and the next day it's freezing rain. What's going on mother nature! I figured everyone was tired of seeing winter crafts so I am bringing a little bit-o-spring strait to your beautiful eyes! I have been playing around with tie-dye and eggs lately and I wanted to show you this fun tie-dye technique. This craft is great for a group of adults to do or for your little kiddos. Let's get started!
I've got to be honest. I feel kind of like a cheat for sharing this as a big tutorial. And the thing is, I totally wasn't going to. This is something I did for myself. But I had so many people say "how did you do that?" that I figured it would make a great tutorial :) So today I'm sharing one of my favorite ways to fancy up my home and centerpieces when I have guests coming over.
Since neon is such a big thing right now I new that I needed the neon bunch I spied at my grocery store. Be warned if using a glass jar, however, that the color will leech back out of the stems and into the water, which can be ugly in a clear vase. See how my water is turning pink? And this was within minutes of adding the stems to my mason jar.
First things first, go through your Tulip fashion glitter and pick out the glitters that go best with your colors of flowers. I didn't have an orange that was light enough, so I mixed gold and orange and I was quite happy with that.
Add the glitter to some decoupage one a piece of scrap paper. Mix it well. The heavier the glitter in the mixture, the heavier it will appear on the petals BUT if it gets too chunky then it just looks like, well, chunks of glitter on your petals and it ain't pretty.
Use a soft,small bristled brush to paint the glitter on. I like to go all around the petals all around the center and then paint random petals out from there.
As the decoupage dries all that will be left is the glitter!
I've found that the some glues are just too heavy and that decoupage is perfect!
And with how fine Tulip Fashion glitter is, it's the perfect amount of sparkle!
From a distance, the difference isn't smack you in the face obvious. But everyone always goes over to inspect when they get a hint that these flowers are different.
I hope that this incredibly simple tutorial will help to make your home sparkly and ready for any guests you might want to impress!
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My first crafty love is jewelry. It has been a long time since I have made in. Sometimes when you love something you have to set it free and then see if it comes back to you, blah blah blah. Whatever the reason I just had jewelry burnout. Lately I have been getting the itch to whip up some wearable magic. Enter wooden beads and my new favorite craft supply - Puffy Paint Writers.
– Puffy Paint Writers
– Wooden Beads
– Skewers, paint brushes or pens
– Jewelry-making supplies
What design you paint on your beads is totally up to you. I love neons and neutrals so I decided to go that route. You can never go wrong with polka dots as a design.
Paint your beads on a skewer or stick of some sort. Stick the pen or paintbrush into foam to allow the paint to dry.
Using your new beads layout some possible design options and get busy.
I love the way the jewelry came out. I feel inspired to polkadot more beads and make even more jewelry!
Feeling inspired? What are you going to add polka dots too?
NOTE: If you have a crafty problem you need solved, leave it in the comments and, if feasible, I'll make a Quick Tip video with the solution!
LINK 1. Storing paint.This is a biggie for me. Craft design is my full-time job and with weekly deadlines, I need to stay organized. Therefore, I store all my paints upside down by color. When I'm done with a project, I make sure to return them the same way in the box. It saves time and money too, because I know when I need to buy new paints. I'm not buying the same color over and over!
2. Freezer paper! Oh my gosh, I use it for everything! Did you know you can iron it to fabric? It works great as a stabilizer inside a shirt when you are going to paint or color with markers. You can also use it to cut a stencil too. I also use the shiny side to make Puffy Paint designs!
3. Flat back crystals. No matter how you choose to apply them, there is always the same dilemma - getting them right side up! Here is a fool-proof way to do that quick and easy. And all you need is a paper plate!
Well, I hope you liked my three tips! Let me know what crafty problems you need to have solved and I may do a video on them too!
I have made so many Heart sweatshirts using glitter, paint, iron on glitter sheets. I wanted something just a little different to wear on Valentine's Day and beyond. I was traveling though Pinterest and saw a Lip Sweatshirt and I thought it would be a perfect project for
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