I've had fun restyling denim shorts for my daughters all summer long. The Aztec-print shorts and the lace on denim have gotten lots of views and shares, which is awesome. Thank you!
I have another pair of restyled denim to share with you, and this time it includes something near and dear to my heart--graffiti!
Graffiti? You may be wondering.
Yes! My husband is a graffiti artist and yes, while graffiti has origins in illegal activity, it has now been elevated to an art form. I love the rebel spirit graffiti possesses. The bright colors, the abstract designs--it's amazing. It goes way beyond "tagging" that you see on the freeway.
First, let's get down to business with the denim.
I dipped it in bleach first, using this technique.
|Fresh out of their bleach dips. Depending on how the manufacturers added their own dye, the white from the bleach will vary from pair to pair.|
|All you have to do is add water and shake--so easy!|
To give it some extra violet oomph, I left the shorts sitting in the dye overnight. I did this by adding some of the dye into a small rubbermaid bin and resting the shorts in it.
|I love this color! If I could've only been born with this hair color!|
|I also did a little bit of distressing to the denim, using scissors and sandpaper.|
|I'm such a marker fiend.|
Here is a short peek of me working on the graffiti design:
I decided to stay with the violet color scheme and used these colors: dark violet, lavender, pink and a hot pink. The markers blend great on the denim--they have great tips and the color is lush. Perfect for this type of project.
|Close up shots. I love the hearts!|
For more of my posts on graffiti, go here:
Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be taggers
Graffiti Superstars in your town
Second generation of graff heads