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Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Like a Bull in a china shop I rushed into the fabric painting experience. Okay, I confess, I am one of those people that never reads directions (I know it all don't you know?) When I have the urge to do something I just rush right in without taking the proper steps. In other words, I learn by trial and error (even when it comes to raising my children.) :)

So I created the cutest painting on the cutest little girls denim jumper. It looked so professional and was so bright. I heat set it and then decided to test it in the wash. Children's clothes have to be washable. Even I know that.

Anxiously waiting through the dryer cycle I reached in and pulled out my adorable little girls hand painted denim jumper and nearly cried when I saw that in a few areas the paint had cracked!!! What had I done wrong? I realized right away what the problem was. I had mixed fabric medium into my paints as this will make acrylic paints equivalent to fabric paints and produce a nice soft paint texture. However, when I did a few touch ups in the painting I remember dipping my brush into the acrylics instead of the premixed paints.....well duh me!!! It was those spots where the cracking happened.

That was so typical of me not paying attention. No matter. I learned an important lesson and now know how to create paintings on denim so they won't crack or fade. I just wish I had thought of taking a picture of it before I ruined it in the wash.

Oh well, stay tuned I have a few more adorable denim outfits to test out and I will be sure to post those pics!!!You know you are an artist when...The highlights in your hair are from your palette and not Clairol.


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Thank you Heather, what a nice compliment. Yes, I'm a pretty open book and about as real as you can get. :) I'll gladly add you to my blog also and to my other blog Parenting 101...thanks again!

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