Little Things Make Big Differences
So lately I have been working my fingers to the bone to prepare for a fashion show that keeps moving date, time, and location. Frustrating to say the least but the goal is to get my name out there so in the grand scheme of things the fashion show itself, is not all that big of a deal. It’s what you do with what you’ve got and how much you enjoy it, right? Well since I love what I do and I get the opportunity to do it, then I can’t really complain. In the process I get to learn all sorts of fun stuff. I thought I’d share a couple. I have been playing with fabric paint, specifically the Stewart Gill stuff, and man does it have a lot of applications. Here’s a couple of things to wet your creative appetite.
One is this neat little cup. I have messed around with leather before but I learned a new technique for wetting it completely with rubbing alcohol and then shaping it. With this one I was experimenting for another project that I needed to know the outcome before I cut into the big piece of leather. I wrapped a sample piece around a glass and molded the leather into shape and then wrapped a rubber band around it to get the shape to stay while it dried. After it was all dry then I painted the outside with the silver paint and the inside with the copper and then used a dry brush technique to “burnish” the raised ridges on the outside. I then set it outside in the sun to set the paint. The result was a lot better than I had anticipated and it almost looks like something out of a movie. Maybe something a Greek god would use.
Another project has been ongoing and is almost in the complete stages. I am working on a pho-leathor snake skin belt for one of my pieces for the fashion show. I was given a piece of black fake snake skin leather, but black didn’t go with the chocolate brown in the outfit I am working on so I took both the gold and the copper Stewart Gill paints and wet rubbed them into the leather. The paint went into the grooves and made for an almost metallic looking copper back snakeskin. With this one, because it was a flat piece of material I could use the iron to set the paints. After letting it dry a bit, I placed a towel over the leather to make sure to not get paints on my iron. Tre Fantastic!