Friday, July 15, 2011

Shower Curtain Painting

I told you yesterday how to make a shower curtain out of a sheet. Today I'll tell you about the image.

I've been seeing dandelions everywhere (and not just in my yard. *cue drum, da-dunch). I particularly loved this image from Persia Lou:

So, that's what I decided would be on my new shower curtain, but I didn't want to paint it because I didn't want stiff fabric. I haven't really used fabric paints much. Anyone know about them?

I've been painting tee shirts with bleach for awhile. And I used the same technique.

I drew the image on the sheet with chalk. I made some changes (you might be able to see where I crossed out and wrote no).

Once I was satisfied, I got out the bleach. Brushes with white synthetic bristles work best. The bleach destroys other brushes. Dip your brush in the bleach and paint.
If you have ever painted with watercolors, it's reasonably similar, the only thing is it takes a moment before it shows where you have painted. It is like watercolor in that you really can't undo it. In that aspect, it's not for the faint of heart.

Unfortunately this fabric bled quite a bit on the stem so it's nearly twice as wide as I painted it. Grr.
As soon as I was done (and paint it all in one go), I washed it to remove the excess bleach/stop it from working.

Next I attempted to add some lime green with fabric dye, but it didn't really work.

If I saturated it enough, it spread too much. So I gave up and rewashed it. I am still thinking about trying some fabric paint because I would like a punch of bright green in the curtain.

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  1. That dandelion shower curtain is awesome! I have never tried painting with bleach before but it looks like something to add to the bucket list. :)

  2. This is really a great idea! I love your curtain and will be thinking now about how I can try your technique. :)

  3. Thank you for sharing. I don't think it would have occurred to me ever to use a sheet. I am a new fan following you from the hop via facebook and GFC. I am looking forward to more of your great ideas.


  4. What a wonderful idea here! I'm already thinking of all the things I could paint with bleach! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Pretty stuff, your funy too. Thanks for linking to Bacon Time. I am following you with GFC. Hope to see you agan this week.


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