Up-cycling and wearing your art with Genea

Hello beautiful souls,

Who doesn't like to upcycle and wear art? This fun little project will help you give some new pizazz to your wardrobe. To start out I took an awesome tie dye shirt I scored at the Goodwill outlet here in Kansas City, Missouri. They have them all over, and I would HIGHLY recommend checking them out for some super fun treasure hunting and super cheap deals! First I took a tie dyed shirt I got from the outlet and cut the shirt across the length of it making the bands about 4".  Once you cut across the shirt you will need to cut the band up the middle to make a long strip. Wash and dry the pieces of fabric. The cotton will naturally curl over itself making a nice edge with no sewing. First I pinned my blank dread band on a hemp knotting board covered in a few plastic bags so the fabric paints don't seep through the board and make the fabric stick to it.

Next I sprayed the base with some fabric paint in water to make glittery gold sprays.

I used a heat tool to dry in between layers.  Next I used the hemp flowers stencil and used: yellow, lime green, and blue to make a nice layer of "stars" on my base layer using thin layers of fabric paint with a make-up sponge.

I added in some spatters of glow in the dark, and white to make my starry galaxy background.

I finished up the design by using the metatron's cube stencil with some black fabric paint.

Here is the finished dread headband.

The fabric paint will be dry to the touch after a short while, but it needs a full 48 hours of drying before the paint is set fully. You can wash and dry it on low heat after that, but I would recommend washing it on delicate and letting it line dry.

How do you like to wear your art?

Love, light, and creativity,

xoxo Genea

Lisa Cousineau
Lisa Cousineau


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