Tuesday, February 15, 2011

i love puff paint

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It is no secret that I love dimensional paint (AKA puff paint or 3-D paint) and I use it in many of my craft projects. Gone are the days when puff paint can only be used to create tacky sweatshirts!! There are SO many ways to put this supply to use and lately I have been getting lots of questions about how to use it. So I thought I would put together a simple post dedicated to how diverse and fabulous this supply can be in art and craft projects.


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My favorite dimensional paints are all made by iLoveToCreate and there are a variety to choose from but my favorites are Scribbles Dimensional Fabric Paint and Tulip Fashion 3D Paint. They are easy to use, really affordable and can be incorporated into all kinds of projects.


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The best part about dimensional paint is that the applicator tips are tiny and the paint is nice and thick- which makes it really easy to create small dots, details and embellishments on different surfaces.


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You can use all those tiny dots and details to create a pattern- time consuming but SO worth it!


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You can draw and doodle with it- the tip is so small that it makes fine lines and details easy.


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You can combine colors to create a surface filled with visual interest.


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If you don't like the dimension (or puffy quality)


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you can lay another material (paper, fabric, paper towel) over the top of the wet dimensional paint


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and lightly press down.


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Pull apart and not only have you flattened "the puff" but you also have two surfaces to use in your projects. This is a great technique to use in fabric projects.


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You can use dimensional paint to add embellishments or dimensional elements to a drawing.


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You can even write with it!


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Since dimensional paint is typically made for fabric (even though I use it for EVERYTHING) you can easily add permanent embellishments to fiber surfaces.


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and even layer on top of painted or dyed patterns on fabric.


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One of my favorite techniques that I often teach in classes, is using it to create a splatter or scribbled look. (much cleaner that actually splattering paint!)

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Often I will press another surface on top of this technique- its like a 2 for 1 deal!

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Here are a handful of some of my favorite projects that I have created with dimensional paint- just to give you an idea of how versatile it can be!
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my recent valentine card tutorial combined paper drawings and puff paint embellishments

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I used it to embellish some canvas sneakers for my Graffiti Chic part 2 online class.


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This embellished tank top project is one of my all time faves!


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Back in the fall I used dimensional paint on pumpkins- while this was not a "permanent" project with a long shelf life, they still were so BEAUTIFUL for a few weeks!

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Last spring I embellished pinwheels.


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and for Easter I decorated little eggs.


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Recently I created an ENTIRE OUTFIT with puff paint for the iLovetoCreate booth at CHA- probably one of the most challenging things I have even created :)

Hopefully I've peaked your interest in using puff paint!


alisa-burke

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