Tuesday, July 15, 2008

white jacket, turns colorful

_whiteJacket, originally uploaded by creativelenna.

This is what the colorful jacket that I shared as part of my previous post titled "Bleu Willow" looked like, when I first started working on it back in June. This jacket project was a very slow process for me! : ^ ) I began with a plain white denim jacket, just screaming for attention. The first thing I did was sew fabric images from the Alpha Stamps Sleeping Beauty #3 sheet onto the jacket in a number of places with a small zig zag stitch. Alpha Stamps is now printing images on fabric that are washable! (heat set them first -instructions included). I left the jacket just like that for a while, not sure where I was going to go next with it. Hmmm, I had some green leaf ribbon left out on my work table from another project, and when I draped it across the jacket I decided it would be a wonderul addition to this project. So I attached the leaf ribbon with FabriTac glue, which can be washed.

Again, I left the jacket for a while (days). I felt it needed some rubber stamp sayings or words. I re-inked my fabric ink pads (VersaCraft), practiced stamping on scraps of denim, and after practicing - simply dived in. It worked out well, phew! The practice helped. I used my heat gun to dry the ink and then thought . . . a plain white jacket was just not going to do it for me!

So I got out spray bottles of watered down paint and Adirondack Color Washes and went to town spraying and adding color to this piece. At first I had a lighter hand with the color, and then after that dried and I looked at it, I went back and added more color, overlapping what I had done before. I like how the colors came out, varying shades of pink, yellow, creamsicle, blue & green.

I finished the jacket by adding color and splatters with a Deco metallic gold glitter fabric pen designed for fabric. I wove a thin gold thread around the length of the leafy trim and I also added iridescent glass spheres from Alpha Stamps! You can see them glowing a bit in the photo below -click on it for more detail.

I finished the project by heat setting the entire jacket with a HOT iron, a few minutes on each area. For a free tutorial on fabric stamping & heat setting, please visit my new website.

You can view more photos of the jacket process HERE.

Thanks for your interest : ) This jacket is now for sale at the Bleu Willow -see the next post for more info!


  1. Thanks for sharing the process with us, Lenna, and the jacket looks simply lovely. The colours flow into each other beautifully and of course I love the Alphastamps images you've used. I'm sure it will be snapped up by a lucky customer very soon!

  2. Lenna, Your jacket is beautiful & the colours are clean & crisp. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

    Norma Bullen

  3. love the new site. have a great summer

  4. Very nice, Lenna! You do amazing things with fabric :)



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