So I’ve been working on dressing up the Outdoors around here lately! I would like to spend a LOT more time outside this summer!
But let’s face it – I don’t want to if it’s all drab and boring.
I was sent a really fun new paint product – Ink Effects by DecoArt – and I knew it would be perfect for my new Outdoor Pillows!
I had converted some flower photographs to silhouettes a few years ago – I knew they’d be perfect for my bright outdoor pillows!
And guess what? I have the silhouette images for you too – so you can make your own!
So are you ready for a fun tutorial? Me too. :)
I started with all the Ink Effects that they sent, along with the Basecoat. Look at all these cool colors!
Update: Here are the colors in the photo:
Pink (It’s a darker pink)
Brown (kind of a camel color)
Light Green (close to an olive color)
Even though the bottles are small – the paint goes a long way! I did a test project, plus the pillows, and I still have most of the bottle left.
They have super helpful dots on top so you can see the colors – those dots are closer to the final transfer colors than the way the paint looks in the bottle.
Ink Effects is just the coolest. All you have to do is paint it onto regular paper – you can use a printed design, a coloring book page, whatever!
Then you iron it onto fabric!
Here’s what you’ll need besides the Ink Effects –
So to make the cute pillows, start by printing out the flower designs – you can use your regular printer and paper.
Note: The first time I tried this, I printed out the designs all in black. Not so good.
I started to paint the designs and it was too dark – I couldn’t see where I’d painted. So don’t do that. :)
Here are the designs the way I saved them for you – in gray. Much better.
Also, keep in mind that if your designs have a direction, you’ll want to print them out reversed before you paint them.
Paint over all the areas you want covered with the Ink Effects. The thicker the paint, the darker the transferred image will be.
I painted two coats on for mine.
You want your paint to be completely dry before you transfer it, so while you’re waiting you can get your fabric ready.
If the fabric you are applying the transfer to is more than 30% cotton, you’ll need to apply the Ink Effect Basecoat to it.
Just shake up the bottle and spray the fabric with an even, medium coat.
I recommend putting some old fabric or paper under your fabric to protect your surface.
Once your transfer and basecoat are completely dry, it’s time to iron on your design!
Place your image face down on your fabric and cover it with a larger piece of paper.
Iron on your transfer, without steam, by keeping the iron on the transfer for about 30 seconds – or up to 60 seconds for a darker transfer.
Peel up a little corner of the transfer and make sure it’s dark enough. If not, iron it a bit more.
I love how the designs look painted on!
To finish off the pillows, cut out the fabric for the backs. Since my pillow forms were 12″ x 16″ I cut out two 9″ x 16″ pieces for each pillow.
Hem the bottom of one piece and the top of the other piece. These will overlap to form the back of the pillow.
Place the rectangles on top of each other, with the right sides facing up, to make a 12″ x 16″ rectangle. The piece with the hem on the bottom should be on top.
Sew the pillow front to the back pieces around all four sides (right sides together) and clip the corners.
Turn right side out and press.
Put your pillow forms in and admire your new cutie pillows!
I love them!! I will be using these a ton this summer!
The Ink Effects are super new – and they will be in Joann’s really soon! I’ll update this post as soon as I know exactly when!
You can also find DecoArt here:
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DecoArtAcrylicPaints
- Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/decoart/
- YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/DecoArtPainter
Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with DecoArt and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own. :)
Here are more fun ideas using Ink Effects – to give you some more inspiration!
What do you think? Aren’t they fun?