When creating active wear, your finished look isn't limited to the fabric you can find. Nope. You can do a lot to dress up any design, even when you're starting with solids! Today we will show you how to use active wear paint on fabric, either by freehanding or using stencils. It's not difficult at all, as long as you have the right supplies!
Isn't this amazing?! Tosha is super talented! And lucky for us, she's also a great teacher. This painted leotard is a look you can achieve too! First, let's start with supplies:
Paint: For activewear fabric that has stretch, you MUST use the right kind of paint! These are Jacquard Textile Paints and they come in a variety of colors.
Tools: Sponges or daubers work best for stenciling. Brushes work better for freehand painting. (For today's project we used only the sponge daubers.)
Boards: You need something to put under the fabric to protect both surfaces. Cake boards work best because of the sealant on them. Regular cardboard isn't as good because it soaks up the paint and then bleeds onto the fabric where you don't want it.
Fabric: It is best to cut out your fabric pieces before painting so you can place the stencil right where you want it. Choose your pattern, print the pieces, and cut out the fabric before painting.
Stencils: You can purchase a stencil at craft stores. Or if you want to make your own, we have a free Cut File for you! Simply download by clicking the links below.