What materials are good for drawing on fabric and clothing in a non-hokey way? And where is a good place to get stylish blanks?
I want to decorate clothes, but in a grown-up way. I already know how to do silk painting. But the effect is often too hippie-dippy
even for me, especially for items much larger than a scarf. I like pieces like this Anthropologie skirt
, this Modcloth top
, and, more absurdly, this
. I like how it looks like these patterns were just painted / drawn freehand on the clothes. I am confident in my drawing ability to do this, and it would end up being cheaper than Anthropologie, I imagine! But what kind of materials would get me this look for drawing on white clothes? Fabric pens I've tried look a lot like just writing on clothes with sharpies - in other words, childish. I did make myself a canvas tote bag once and painted it with acrylic, and it worked great for a bag. I'm not sure how this would work on clothing, though (I used painting canvas, not regular, thinner, tote bag canvas). I can see acrylic getting an effect on clothes like that second Anthro link - does anyone have experience with this? How does it hold up to laundering?
Any suggestions for materials to try? And stylish blanks? I am a young woman, artsy, generally hippie / bohemian / "hipster" (Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters looks, though I can rarely afford them) if that helps define what I think is "stylish." Also, I'm generally an XS and flat-chested and have had trouble in the past finding blanks that don't make me look like I'm wearing a bag.
Also, I'm bad at sewing (and following through on sewing projects) so I need something where I can draw directly on clothes, rather than just fabric.