Painted Pink Sweater

Measures 8" x 4.50"
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Before

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I found this plain pink sweater at Costco. It caught my eye because it had a luscious look and feel, somewhat like the best sweaters from the Lands End catalog. It also included nice details like the little slits on the sides and three quarter sleeves. The sweater was a perfect fit for me and I loved the color. After buying it, I went back two days later and bought a second one with the intention of adding a personal touch to dress it up a bit. I like the contrast of navy blue with pink so I decided to create a stencil and paint a border at the bottom of the sweater to go with the navy stretch jeans I just made. The paint elevates these two pieces from a sweater and pants to an “outfit”.  I’m going to enjoy wearing these casual coordinates especially when I remember I only paid $13 for the sweater! The border stencil is included with the instructions. 

Directions

BEFORE PAINTING, ALWAYS WASH AND DRY FABRIC (WITHOUT FABRIC SOFTENER). DURING PAINTING, COVER EXPOSED FABRIC TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL OVER SPRAY. ALLOW PAINT TO DRY BETWEEN STEPS.

step 1 - Download the pdf instructions.  Print two stencils and cut them out with a craft knife or a stencil cutting machine. Flip one over.

step 1 - Download the pdf instructions.  Print two stencils and cut them out with a craft knife or a stencil cutting machine. Flip one over.

step 2 - The red dots on the page indicate the edges of the stencil that should be joined.  Tape together the stencils to create a wide enough design to cover the sweater front.  Two joined stencils will measure 17” wide.  If you need more than 17” for the front, you can easily fill in a few more designs at the sides after you finish painting the stencil. 

step 2 - The red dots on the page indicate the edges of the stencil that should be joined.  Tape together the stencils to create a wide enough design to cover the sweater front.  Two joined stencils will measure 17” wide.  If you need more than 17” for the front, you can easily fill in a few more designs at the sides after you finish painting the stencil. 

step 3 - When the correct edges of the stencil are joined they form a complete design in the center of the sweater without gaps.

step 3 - When the correct edges of the stencil are joined they form a complete design in the center of the sweater without gaps.

step 4 - Be sure to cover any parts of the sweater that should not receive paint. Place masking tape on the side seams on the back panel of the sweater.

step 4 - Be sure to cover any parts of the sweater that should not receive paint. Place masking tape on the side seams on the back panel of the sweater.

step 5 - Spray the back of the joined stencil pages with adhesive. Mark the center of the sweater with a pin or tape and position the center of the stencil over it. 

step 5 - Spray the back of the joined stencil pages with adhesive. Mark the center of the sweater with a pin or tape and position the center of the stencil over it. 

step 6 - The open space across the bottom of the stencil page should be lined up with the bottom edge of the sweater. Do not block the sweater edge from receiving paint.

step 6 - The open space across the bottom of the stencil page should be lined up with the bottom edge of the sweater. Do not block the sweater edge from receiving paint.

step 7 - Mix blue, red and a little black paint until you achieve a shade of navy that appeals to you.  Airbrush the stencil.  Be sure to angle the airbrush to paint the fine bottom edge of the sweater too.  When the paint is dry, carefully remove the stencil so you can use it again on the back of the sweater.

step 8 - On the backside of the sweater, follow steps 4-7. 

step 9 - If the painted design did not reach far enough to the sides of the sweater, position a portion of the stencil over the area to fill it in. As an option, you can also stretch the page before printing it so the stencil is closer to the width you need. If you find less than perfectly crisp lines on some of the painted areas, touch them up using a fine paint brush.  

step 9 - If the painted design did not reach far enough to the sides of the sweater, position a portion of the stencil over the area to fill it in. As an option, you can also stretch the page before printing it so the stencil is closer to the width you need. If you find less than perfectly crisp lines on some of the painted areas, touch them up using a fine paint brush.  

step 10 -  After 24 hours, place a cloth over the design and set the paint with an iron. Protect the ironing board with an old towel.

 


Supplies

At Testors,com

  •  9449 Blue Paint
  •  9446 Red Paint
  •  9441 Black Paint

At Amazon

  •  Aztek airbrush

Michaels

  •  masking tape
  •  card stock
  •  Scotch Spray Mount Repositonable Adhesive

 Costco

  •  Sweater

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