Today's project is a great way to revive some boring curtains, or even a pillow or scarf, with little effort and great results. If you are careful and purposeful, it takes a little bit of time, but it is great for craft+movie night!
All you need for this craft is a Sharpie oil-based paint pen in metallic gold. I chose the medium point, but you can also use fine point or even extra-fine. These products are available on Amazon, but I got mine at Michael's with a 40% coupon! I only used one marker for my project but if you are doing something on a bigger scale, you might need two markers.
The key to doing this craft right is patience. I made one mistake on mine, which I will point out shortly with a photo. I was busy staring at Captain America while watching the Avengers, and ended up leaving my pen on the fabric too long... Oops. In my defense, it's hard not to stare at him. I won't apologize.
So let's get this show on the road.
All I wanted to do for this project was a simple triangle pattern so I could get a "tribal" look without too much business. I was totally channeling this project but in a more renter-friendly way.
Step one was to determine how big I wanted my triangles to be. I ended up deciding on about 3 inches across, with an inch gap in between triangles, so I could fit 8 triangles in each row across the curtain panel. Then I got to drawing.
The key to using these Sharpie paint pens is to shake them. A lot. If you don't shake enough, the paint starts to dry out of the tip, and you end up with thin lines. If you're like me, you might try to compensate for the dried-up paint lines, and then end up overcompensating and getting bolder than you wanted. I got the hang of it after a while. I used an ironing board with cardboard over it as my work surface.
A few warnings when doing this project. Don't stare too long at Captain America because this will happen:
Also, make sure you are measuring the distance between rows of triangles. When you put two curtain panels together, your rows should look like they continue across. I did not go crazy with the leveling because I wanted a "handmade" look, so my rows might be a little wobbly, but I did make sure that they lined up enough in between panels.
Notice anything different? We've been doing some rearranging in my house! More to come on that when I finish putting together my new bedroom "Space" (that's a hint).
That's it, really! The Sharpie paint pens are great tools for quick updating, and can be used on a lot of different surfaces. Now that you have a paint pen of your own, what are you tempted to update? I'm looking at some glass jars in my kitchen...
Note to my readers: I will be going on a European adventure for the next few weeks, so my regular updating will be a little skewed. I have some neat-o "photo series" ideas in mind, so keep checking back and you may catch glimpses of my traipsing about!