Monday, August 16, 2010

watercolor tunic tutorial


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I am super excited to be blogging for I Love to Create and once a month I will be sharing a tutorial that makes use of my FAVORITE products. IMPORTANT side note- I don't promote just anything- in fact I MUST use and believe in the things that I share with all of you. ALL of the products that come from I Love to Create are simple, easy to use and affordable. I have been using so many of their products for YEARS so it is really exciting to join their blog team!

Ok, lets get started!

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

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