Zest for Zigzags
Usually, I only show you projects that I'm at least 90% happy with. But I figure there are valuable lessons to be learned by our mistakes, right?
So the idea was to make myself a cute, trendy little zigzag pillow by painting fabric with latex paint mixed with a fabric medium. I used Liquitex fabric medium you can see here what I mean.
Next I got out a clear plastic report cover and layered it over a computer printout of my pattern. That worked. Sort of.
Mistake #1: I should have measured and marked on the fabric where each row should go before I started painting.
Mistake #2: I used latex paint. Even though it was the low (or maybe no) VOC, i.e., non-smelly stuff, my pillow still smelled like a freshly painted room. There are plenty of scents I wouldn't mind while curled up on the couch reading... cookies baking in the oven, a fig candle burning, coffee brewing, but a freshly painted room is not on the list.
If I were to do this project again I would:
1) Use fabric paint instead of latex paint mixed with fabric medium. Fabric paint is softer and less smelly. I could see how this would work better on a rug. For example, check THIS out! Wow.
2) I would be more careful about measuring and marking the fabric with a fabric marker before I started stenciling. That way the lines would be perfectly spaced. Better yet, I'd spring for a store-bought stencil. Stenciling is so popular these days that finding a chevron or zigzag should be pretty easy.
Speaking of mistakes... I'll leave you with a haiku I wrote about winter, which may also tip you off about my cold climate driving skills:
I spray my windshield.
Ice crystals replace the dust.
Quick! Hit defroster.