You have to paint the shapes onto the tights as
you are wearing them, either that or put them on
someone else and paint the tights whilst on them,
which might be a little easier. I was happy with the
outcome of these but rather than using
fabric paint I used a fabric pen.
Using A Fabric Pen
The problem with using a fabric pen is that the paint
from the pen instantly sinks through the tights and
onto your skin, which whilst its on your skin, the
colour of the silhouette on the tight looks really dark,
but once the tights have dried, and you take the tights
off (and wash your legs off), the colour
is quite faded, hence the grey colour of the hearts,
which still look nice but aren't as dark
as what I would have liked.
You need to keep the tights on for a
good while, or use
a hair-dryer to dry them completely before removing t
hem, the last thing you want to do is
spend forever painting your tights and then to take
them off and smudge them all.
The upside to using a fabric pen is that it is a lot easier
to control then the paint, and if your a messy person
like me, less messy things are better
, but the outcome of the tights with a fabric pen are
nowhere near as good as the outcome
of the tights with paint. Also with the Pebeo Fabric
Pens I used, the tights are washable
after 24 hours of applying, where as the paint is only
washable after fixing with an iron, which
is just more hassle if your feeling lazy! :P
I also created these tights with a fabric pen, but
I only took photos directly after drawing them on,
which is why the colour looks darker here.
Using Fabric Paint
Although I am quite arty, I am also quite messy, which is
why paint wasn't my favourite medium to use, but it did have the best outcome and
overall look once finished! but the painted tights do take slightly longer than
with the fabric pen.
I found it easier to create a stencil first, just so that the
shapes are of the same shape and size, I did a few free
hand but they didn't have the same
perfect shape as the ones I did with a stencil.
Do a light layer of paint and then another coat over that,
if you lay the paint on too thick it will smudge!
Have a hair-dryer close at hand, and once you are happy
with the coverage of the paint, use the hair dryer to part dry the tights.
After this sit and watch T.V. for a bit, just to make sure
that they are fully dried, when the paint is fully dry you can
take the tights off, the bits that are painted will feel as if they
are stuck to your leg, and you have to peel them off, which
is quite fun, kind of like peeling glue off your hands
, which I always liked to do as a child!
Unfortunately the craft shop was out of black paint,
so I brought some white paint, and tested them on
black tights, which look really nice.
Here is the outcome of Fabric paint on tights.
|Me getting messy|
LOTS OF LOVE!