We each have a little artiste inside just waiting for the right canvas to come along, so now is your chance to give abstract painting a shot- on your legs! Well, on tights on your legs. Inspired by the painterly, bright, artistic prints from both the Celine and Chanel Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear collections, I decided to try the brush stroke look on tights. The result is surprisingly wearable and looks lovely with spring pastels.
The trick to making this easy DIY easy? Don't think, just paint. I varied colors throughout and painted vague shapes and lines (I went to art school. Can you tell? Please just say yes). You can do pretty much whatever you want though. They're your legs after all.
What you'll need:
- Pellegrino/Wine Bottle
- stiff paint brush
- fabric paint (or fabric crayons)
- cup of water
- cloth/paper towels
How long it takes: 30 minutes
1 -- You'll need to stretch out the hose before you paint, so instead of getting paint all over those beautiful gams, use a wine bottle (or any bottle that won't pick the hose).
2 -- Paint it. Get as creative as you want, but make sure you keep the brush pretty dry. Put just a dab of paint on at a time and don't leave any thick globs. Paint fairly quickly so that paint doesn't stick to the bottle.
3 -- Once you're done with that section, take a paper towel and wrap it around the bottle. You can also roll the bottle on the cloth to get any excess paint off.
4 -- Wash your brush in your little cup of water.
5 -- Gently tug the nylon until the painted part is freed up enough to move to the next section. Repeat step 2-3 until you've done all sections from the ankle to the thigh.
6 -- Hang to dry (Dry time may take up to 24 hours depending on your paint)
Now your legs will be a work of art (Credit: you). Pair them with pastels and whites, or go wild with bright colors (a la Aminta) head to toe.
Photos by Whitney and Angela Miller, Runway photos via Style.com