Third time's a charm, right? Well...it was the fifth time that worked for me with this DIY. Could I have Googled it and gotten it right the first time? Sure. For better or worse (in this case probably worse haha) I like doing things my own way. Even if that way is wrong the first four times.
I started by trying to do it with water and nail polish. That worked, but once it dried, the nail polish started flaking off. Then I tried satin finish acrylic craft paint and water -- nada. Then I tried the shaving cream method (more details below) with the same paint. That time didn't work either, I think because I used hot water to wash the shaving cream off. Thennn I did the shaving cream method with fabric paint, which worked pretty well, except I realized it was glitter fabric paint, so that made me hate it.
- Scrap muslin
- Shaving cream
- Basic acrylic black paint
- In a tray or pan (that you don't plan on using again...sorry Kristie), spray a bunch of shaving cream and then level it out as best you can with a paper towel.
- Squirt paint onto the shaving cream.
- Draw the toothpick back and forth, and up and down across the shaving cream, making the marbled pattern.
- Gently press the the fabric onto the shaving cream, smoothing it out.
- Pull the fabric up by the corner and rinse it under cold water until the water runs clear. Let dry completely before sewing with it.
I love this -- and not just because the shaving cream I used makes it smell like a Very Handsome Person. (You know what I mean? Kind of like what I think Nick from CSI would smell like in real life.) I was able to make the whole thing with just supplies we had lying around the house. Always a bonus. I stashed some extra change from our recent foreign travels in this coin purse.
Anyway, thanks for indulging me in a little whiny back story :) And Kristie, sorry again for doing all of this in the kitchen. I truly hope I didn't poison us.