I have always had a thing for rocks and crystals. I used to have a huge rock collection composed mostly of rocks I picked up and thought looked pretty. Any stones of real value (aka ones with fancy names like citrine and rose quartz) came from my Aunt Cathy though and those were my most prized. Nowadays I still add rocks occasionally but my interest in crystals has become piqued due to the trend of painting them in watercolors. They look so real and vibrant, the medium captures them perfectly.
I wanted to try my hand at painting some crystals and also wanted whatever came out of it to be something I was going to get a lot of use out of.
- Messenger Bag (or your choice of fabric surface)
- Watercolor Tye-dye
- Paint Brushes
- White fabric paint
Step 1: Paint some vaguely pointy shapes on your bag. I tried to have varied light and dark patches to try to recreate the look of a faceted crystal. These “paints” work just like regular watercolors, you can mix them and using more water gets lighter shades, more “paint” gets darker shades. Go crazy, have fun!
Step 2: Once you’ve got all your shapes down, wash your bag according to the directions that came with the dye. Let dry.
Step 3: Using a fine paint brush and the fabric paint add angular lines to define the facets of the crystals. I just freehanded this and the dying with no planning. I didn’t get a photo of this step because I got so into finishing the crystals that I just forgot but I did take lots of pictures of the bag so you could have examples!
Well, no planning except for the fact that I wanted a rainbow gem on the front that resembled a gem cut for a ring setting.
Til Next Time!