DIY Painted Rose Sweatshirt: Comfy and Pretty

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hey guys! I'm so excited to share with you my little weekend project! I've wanted to make a rose painted sweatshirt for like 2 years. I love the comfort of a sweatshirt and the feminine class of a rose. I probably should be doing projects with higher priority...but I've told myself you have to do some fun things to break up the remodeling madness!! I do enjoy remodeling, but doing something just for creativity's sake is well needed for this artist!

And I must say playing with these bright and cheery colors made my day!

Here I am modeling my new sweatshirt! I love how bright and cheery it is! Over all this shirt makes me smile, it's full of color and joy! Unlike my half smile that's not really happy about modeling it, but I do realize it's kinda needed when you make a piece of clothing. Otherwise it's like snapping a picture of "just the fabric" and telling you I reupholstered a sofa with it.....I'm pretty sure you would want to see the sofa completed. So I do this for you, I get it, but I don't necessarily like it! XOXO'S!!:)

Here's my process in making this sweatshirt.....

1st I found a rose that I liked.  You can look anywhere, fabric stores, magazines, wallpaper, I went with old faithful Pinterest and found a rose fabric...Here

I painted the rose on paper first to see what colors I wanted to go with. You could print out a rose if you want, I just went by the picture on my phone, because ink cartridges cost like a billion dollars and are very painful to buy;)

I painted a couple different sizes.

Then I placed the roses on the shirt to see if I liked the colors.

After envisioning the colors on my shirt and approving them, I then cut the roses out and began to place them in the spots I wanted them.  This just helps portion it out and get a pattern down.  Not that the pattern has to be perfectly portioned out!

 I found a rose sweatshirt on Pinterest to give me an idea of where to place the roses...Here

After I find a place that I want a rose, I mark an x on the sweatshirt.  This is to help to visualize spacing.  You could use a fabric pencil if you want.  I went ahead and marked it with acrylic paint....which makes it permanent.  But if you tend to change your mind you might want to use something washable.

I put a white paint base down of the shape of the roses before painting the colors. This helps the colors really pop out!

Then I started layering the colors on with acrylic paint.  As far as how to paint a rose, I'm sure there are many techniques out there.  I paint my roses with big and little swoopes that swirl to the center....that's the best I can explain it! After painting the color in, I let the front side dry and then painted the back side. 

When the sweatshirt is dry you can wash it as normal.  The paint will soften up after a couple of washings.  I have had no trouble with my acrylic painted shirts, as far as them chipping paint or fading.  But if they do fade at all you can always retouch them.  

After painting my sweatshirt I found a cute little spot for one of my paper roses......

I'm starving for anything springy and bright! I guess this is my way of coping with this late coming warm weather!

My son William is always interested in what I'm doing and wants to help with my projects.  So when I was painting my sweatshirt, he wanted to paint one too.   I gave him a stick and a white T-shirt and he went to town.....

I love watching him get excited about painting,  the joy of doing projects with kids!

I sure hope you picked up a tip or two on how to paint a shirt! I think this sweatshirt is a perfect addition to my casual wardrobe.  Nothing like feeling comfy and pretty!

If you have any questions on how to paint fabric please let me know, I would love to help!:)


Rachel said...

Your creativity is amazing, Julie. I love this sweatshirt. It's so, so you!

Julie, Creative Little House said...

Thank you Rache, you are too sweet! I do love it and want to make a rose T shirt for summer!