Tuesday, August 17

Watercolor Tunic Tutorial

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I see watercolor inspired dresses everywhere and I decided it was time to put my twist on this trend!


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Because I love of tunics I had to transform a white tunic.
(this tunic is from the clearance rack at Target- yes, I love Target!)


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I used the Tulip dye from a Dye Technique Kit.
The Tulip dyes are one step dyes and are SOOO easy to use- just add water to the applicator bottles, shake up and use!


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I took it a step further and mixed up different shades of dye in spare jars.
(For example I mixed turquoise and lime dye to make a new shade of green, fuschia and turquoise for a dark shade of purple.)


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I prefer to use dye like I use paint- with a brush.

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I started by wetting down areas of the surface- this causes some of the dye to bleed and you get that nice watery look.

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I began to paint splotches of color all over the tunic.


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I varied the size, shape and color of the splotches.


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I let them bleed into each other.

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I went back and added details with a darker shade of dye.


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I covered the entire surface but held on to some areas of the white tunic for variation and contrast.


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At this point the tunic could have been finished but I wanted to add a little more detail so I let everything dry overnight- yep that is all you have to do- just let the fabric dry 4-6 hrs and then wash...SO EASY!!


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Once it was washed and dried I use fabric markers to go back into the dress to add details.


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I outlined the flowers with different colors and added small details.


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The end result is a SUPER colorful, watercolor inspired tunic perfect for the last few days of summer!

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6 comments:

Margot Potter said...

GORGEOUS!

MariS said...

Can't wait to try this!!!

Hugs,

MariS

Misah said...

Do you let the paint bleed through to the other side of the tunic?

Jen Ell said...

This is simply beautiful!

Jen said...

Love this tunic- definitely makes me want to rush out and get me some Tulip one step dye's...:)

Anonymous said...

Really beautiful! I, too, have seen this watercolor style around and have even purchased a few tees decorated with this technique, but I always knew I could do it...and now I am inspired!!! Just lovely. Thanks!

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