The subtle colors of light blue, pink, and light brown remind me of a beautiful Fall sunset. The kind that you just have to stop and stare at, because there are so many intermingling of beautiful colors that remind you of an artist palette. It was this in mind that inspired me to create this hand painted and embellished jacket with products by my favorite fabric manufacturer, Jacquard Products. By mixing the colors of Neopaque and Luminere I needed with water, I created color washes that turned a boring tan jacket into a fun work of art with a very soft texture.
Paint the pocket top flaps Lumiere Crimson and other desired trims on the front of the jacket. Next, dry brush the pockets using the same color.
Next, create a color wash with Lumiere in Pewter and Neopaque brown by mixing the paint with water in a 3:1 ratio. This will apply very soft application of the paint. Repeat the color wash procedure with the Crimson and dry brush in a random fashion on the sleeves.
I added a color wash of Lumiere True Gold to the bottom of the jacket to add that beautiful sheen that really makes your altered clothing and accessories stand out. To create the sky blue color, mix Neopaque in Blue to white, in a 5:1 ratio. You will really need to use a small amount of blue to a larger amount of white to create that soft blue hue reminiscent of the Fall sky. I added it to the front and sleeves first.
Let the paint and ink dry and heat set with an iron on a low setting. Then, add a rolled ribbon flower to the center by hand sewing it on. If you do not know how to make rolled fabric or ribbon flowers, see this post on my newspaper origami pouches using the flowers as embellishments.
Next, sew or pin on a vintage brooch embellishment or button. I know you probably have heirlooms you would rather not use and these can be pricey at antique shops. Melissa Francis carries an affordable line of reproductions that can be purchased from Scrapbook.com.
I ended up adding another rolled flower or two and sewed on Crystal stones. I also drew a circle (traced a plate) with a black tee juice fabric marker and opted to color on the stamped design to make it pop a little more.
I love knife pleats, and recently created a whole lot of striped muslin ribbons dyed with Jacquards IDye. Once I had the muslin strips dyed, I machine sewed knife pleats to make pleated strips. I pinned this the circle and machine sewed it in place.
To pull the front of the jacket in with the back detail, add some rows of pleats above the pocket flaps and these fun enameled french number plates which can be purchased at Scrapbook.com. (Tim Holtz Ideology)
Neopaque and Lumiere paints as well as tee juice markers can be purchased from Dick Blick.
Reproduction Vintage bling along with enameled number plates can be purchased from Scrapbook.com.
Live Life Creatively,