Last month I shared a tutorial and free pattern for sewing this watercolor maxi dress for the 30 Days of Sundresses series. Today, I’m so honored to be a part of Hideous, Dreadful, Stinky’s Summer of No Pants. I’m bringing you the run down on how to create your very own watercolor fabric so you can embellish your own skirts and dresses which allows you another creative avenue for fancying up and contributing more pieces to your pants-free summer wardrobe.
If you are not already familiar with Marigold’s blog, or this lovely series intent on spreading the love of summer skirts and dresses, I encourage you to run on over and check them both out. There are so many fun and whimsical projects over there and I find, any encouragement to throw off the lazy mom’s shorts and t-shirt uniform is a good thing coming.
To create your own watercolor effect fabric, you’ll need either fabric spray paints (affiliate link), or fabric paints which you’ve watered down. When making my own, I like a 1 to 1 ratio of paint to water but you can play around with this depending on how bright you want your pallet. Since you’ll be adding more water during the painting process, I like using bright hues.
If you’re not experiencing a windy day weather wise, you can lay your fabric over a few chairs to bring the fabric up to your level during painting. If not, you can also paint by stretching our your fabric and securing the ends, or . . . hold the fabric down with your feet.
To create the flowers on my fabric, I started by drawing a saturated outline of each flower, and then filling it in. I then used my spray nozzle to create a contrasting center. Next, use a paint brush dipped in water and “spread” your paint by saturating the areas you’ve already painted. Finally, use your brush to create interest splotches or drips and flinging paint over your fabric.
Let your fabric dry and then you are ready to sew it into your favorite skirt or dress pattern. That’s it. One super, quick and easy embellishment technique that will leave you with a totally unique piece of fabric each time you try it.