HOW TO WEAR ART & HOW TO ACQUIRE WEARABLE ART?
We're back to beach Soline. I'm going to give you an answer to question: 'How to wear art?' Now, when I say art, I mean art in literal sense, as if wearing clothing items with paintings or illustrations on them. Have you ever wondered about that? How to wear one's own paintings or art you like? There are a few ways you can go about it. Firstly, you can buy textile paints and paint directly on a clothing item or your choice. Secondly, you can hire an artist to do it for you and get them to paint on the clothing items of your choice. Thirdly, you can buy a hand painted clothing item from an artist you like. I'm sure there are designers and artisan out there who sell their hand painted clothing pieces. Fourthly, you can order art you like from a printing company. There are many printing companies online from which you can order art printed on clothes (in various styles). Finally, you can also take a clothing item directly to a local printing company of your choice and have it printed (something I have been thinking about but haven't yet tried). From the above, I have tried two things: painting on clothes myself and ordering a printed clothing item with my painting from an online company.
|WEARING: A PALE BLUE T-SHIRT WITH A BOAT PAINTING PRINT, AN OLD HAND PAINTED WHITE DENIM SKIRT AND A PAIR OF STARTAS SNEAKERS|
Above you can see me wearing a printed t-shirt (with my art) that I bought for my significant other but that I sometimes steal from him. I paired the t-shirt with hand painted denim skirt. This skirt is old but I'm not sure is it vintage as there is no label on it. I'm pretty sure I inherited this white denim skirt but from whom I'm not sure. I painted on it some time ago. My niece was impressed (two or three years old at the time) as she was convinced I painted her, her mother and myself. I didn't- or at least I didn't do it intentionally. I think most artists paint themselves and people around them most often, often depicting faces they have seen and that are familiar to them.
MY PREFERRED WAY TO WEAR ART
My preferred way to wear art is just to directly paint on clothes but then again for me painting with fabric paints is a piece of cake. I'm aware that not everyone is handy with a brush, but there are also alternatives. You can trace the design you like on clothes and then paint it over it. Naturally, if you're choosing an art piece from a contemporary artist, you should pay for it, but if you're doing a reproduction of an old work of art (like Mona Lisa for example) then you don't have to pay Leonardo for it because he is not around anymore. I mean there are pros and cons to everything. By painting on clothes, you can be sustainable because it will allow you to paint on clothes you already have in your closet as well as on vintage and second hand clothes. There is also an option of finding a local printed who will print art on clothes you already have- that's another great sustainable option that doesn't involve buying new clothes. However, if you buy designs directly from an artist or via a company that pays a percentage to an artist, they you get to support living artists and living artists probably need your support more than dead ones. As I said, every method of acquiring art on clothes has its advantages and disadvantages. I have thought long and hard about this you see.
Obviously, since I like doing art, I also enjoy painting on clothes- it is really the same thing, isn't it? A typical canvas is made from cotton, so for me taking a brush and painting on a cotton t-shirt is not only natural it is also enjoyable. The pros of this DIY project are pretty obvious. When you paint on clothes (or/and accessories) you end up with a personalized item. Who wouldn't want that? What are the cons? Well, one of the downsides of painting with fabric/textile paints is that you might not be happy with the result. This DIY project can actually turn out less then satisfactory. I know, this might sound odd coming from someone who is always cheering for DIY projects and writing about them, but I'm also all for honesty. I don't regret painting a single clothing item or accessory but before you do it yourself, ask yourself will you regret it? Obviously, there is always a choice that a DIY project will not end up well. What is my advice? Think about what you really want. I'm no stranger to colour and pattern, it's something I've always enjoyed, it's a part of my style, so when I do DIY projects connected with fashion, it is only natural that this 'love for colourfulness' translated to my fashion style as well. If you sense of style is more minimal and classical, you'll probably have to think for a bit, to figure out about how this project of DIY painting of clothes can work for you. If you're not too keen on colour, you might want to use only black and white textile paints. Similarly, if you're not into bold designs and print, keep your 'painting' minimal. Now, the advantage of printing companies is that you can get a more accurate design of different media (like oils- you can't paint with oils directly as long as I'm aware of). Take for example the t-shirt I ordered for my husband. The print looks just like my watercolour sketch. I actually liked the printed t-shirt better than the original painting that was done on a smaller scale (approximately A4).
I actually wore this denim skirt to Soline beach as a dress. I don't usually wear something so revealing and short without leggings, but I wore this to beach Soline as it was hot. You know, it's summer. Bellow you can also see how I wore this denim skirt in the past while it was all white (its original colour).
OTHER WAYS I WORE THIS PRINTED T-SHIRT
*This post is not a collaboration with Redbubble site. I bought this t-shirt with and payed for its shipping with my own money. I ordered it from my own shop there (obviously since it's my own painting) but I still had to pay for it. That is how these printing online shops work, they print on demand so obviously you pay for everything you order, even if its your own design. I'm also not currently a part of any Redbubble affiliate program. There also don't have any artist discounts that I'm aware of. I really don't have an opinion formed about this company yet. I cannot compare it to other similar companies because I haven't tried them yet. I feel like I haven't ordered enough stuff from them to give them a real recommendations. I mean the stuff I ordered was nice but I want to explore the other opinions as well. Do you have any printing companies to recommend?
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