Freckles in April: DIY Faux Studs

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

DIY Faux Studs

This is a sponsored post. However, I took it on because I had the half-baked idea floating around in my brain anyway (thanks, Universe, for pulling that one together!). Click here to view my full sponsorship and disclosure policy.

My mom has always been a crafter. When the Loma Prieta quake of '89 happened we were living in the Bay Area. I remember my dad was watching the World Series and my mom? My mom was in the kitchen making earrings (and then we all stood in the doorway and watched my dad's gray El Camino rock back and forth). Throughout my childhood most of our back room was filled with crafty things; bits of wood dowel, hot glue sticks, fabric scraps, jump rings and, oh yes, there was Tulip puff paint.

If you didn't own a puff-painted sweatshirt in the late 80s/early 90s then you missed out on a fundamental coming-of-age experience. Check out this hilarious video. I had ALL these things-

I grew up using puff paint and I don't know that I ever really outgrew it. I always have some in the house. You know. In the event of painting emergencies.

Like when I'm struck with an idea for painting faux studs.

This is a super fast and easy DIY. Excluding drying time it took me less than 10 minutes (and I was taking pictures!). It's one of those quick and satisfying projects you can accomplish during nap time (...if your kids still nap) (I hate you).

You'll need:
-A top, tee or some other painting surface
-Freezer paper
-Tulip Soft and 3D Paints (I went for Tulip's metallic gold, which I LOVE)
-A pin
-A napkin or paper towel

First, get some practice in.

Practice practice practice! Also, yes, I am aware that my nail polish is in need of some attention.

Then, cut out a piece of freezer paper and iron it to the BACK side of your work area.

Mine was a bit squirrely thanks to the shoulder gathering but I just pushed the pleats up and out of the way and got my paper nicely ironed down.

Then, turn your shirt right side out.

I used a pencil and a quilting ruler to lightly mark where I wanted my studs. The pencil actually worked out really well. I made a wonky mark and had no trouble erasing it.

Many years of experience have taught me that a clogged puff paint tip is the quickest way to ruin a project. Stick a pin in the tip to clear it of any dried paint then give it a good wiping with a napkin or paper towel. Put the lid back on and shake shake shake.

Then, get painting!

Being left handed, I started at the top right and worked left and down. It kept me from running my hand through my pretty dots. Not that I've done that before...

Let it dry!

Beads like this take a little longer to dry than if you had done a thin layer of paint. The bottle says let it dry flat at least 4 hours. Mine seemed quite dry after only an hour but I left it overnight just to be on the safe side. Don't wash for at least 72 hours and be sure to turn it inside out before throwing it in the washing machine. Also, you're probably better off letting anything you've painted air-dry rather than sticking it in the dryer (the heat may crack your paint).

After your paint is nice and dry, pull off the freezer paper and wear away!

When Aaron saw my top he said, "Oh, that's a nice shirt. I like the spikes!" I replied, "Thanks! They're actually paint." He didn't believe me until he poked at them. Mission accomplished.

Shirt via Marshalls, undershirt from DEB, F21 jeans, American Eagle necklace, American Eagle shoes via Payless

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  1. OMG, that video is AMAZING. The lyrics! The slow-motion jumping! The versatility of sweatsuits! AMAZING.

    Also, this is one of very few sponsored posts that do not make me feel lied to and tricked, so I thank you for that. :)

  2. I love the way the shirt turned out! So cute!

  3. That's so cute! They look just like little studs but it would probably be way less painful to hug you than if they were real metal ones. ;)


    B) Cute shirt! Love!


  5. Way to class up the puff paint! Great tutorial!


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