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Colorful Painted Jacket

By: Melony Bradley

Show your creative spirit by turning a plain jacket into something bright and fun. Wear your Colorful Painted Jacket from Melony Bradley around town - it's perfect for any occasion. Crafts to make and wear are so practical and can be modified to fit your personality.

Colorful Painted Jacket


  • Waxed or parchment paper
  • Lumiere Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Neopaque Paint
  • Large foam stamp
  • StazOn solvent ink
  • Iron
  • Ribbon
  • Vintage brooch embellishment or button
  • Jacquards IDye
  • Muslin
  • Sewing Machine


  1. To begin, start off by lining the inside of the jacket or blouse you are altering with waxed or parchment paper. This will keep heavy applications of the colors from bleeding through.
  2. Paint the pocket top flaps Lumiere Crimson and other desired trims on the front of the jacket. Next, dry brush the pockets using the same color.

    Colorful Painted Jacket
  3. Next, create a color wash with Lumiere in Pewter and Neopaque brown by mixing the paint with water in a 3:1 ratio. This will apply very soft application of the paint. Repeat the color wash procedure with the Crimson and dry brush in a random fashion on the sleeves.

    Colorful Painted Jacket
  4. I added a color wash of Lumiere True Gold to the bottom of the jacket to add that beautiful sheen that really makes your altered clothing and accessories stand out. To create the sky blue color, mix Neopaque in Blue to white, in a 5:1 ratio. You will really need to use a small amount of blue to a larger amount of white to create that soft blue hue reminiscent of the Fall sky. I added it to the front and sleeves first.

    Colorful Painted Jacket
  5. At this point, you have a "black canvas" on the back of the jacket. Here's what you can do.

    Colorful Painted Jacket
  6. Dry brush the back with a heavy application of the blue mixture.

    Colorful Painted Jacket
  7. Use a large foam stamp covered with StazOn solvent ink to stamp a motif in the back center of the jacket.

    Colorful Painted Jacket
  8. Let the paint and ink dry and heat set with an iron on a low setting. Then, add a rolled ribbon flower to the center by hand sewing it on.

    Colorful Painted Jacket
  9. Next, sew or pin on a vintage brooch embellishment or button. I know you probably have heirlooms you would rather not use and these can be pricey at antique shops. Melissa Francis carries an affordable line of reproductions that can be purchased from

    Colorful Painted Jacket
  10. If you want to, keep embellishing your stamped motif until you are happy with the result. Sew on embellishments in lieu of using glue, so they will stay in place during wearing and washing.

    Colorful Painted Jacket
  11. I ended up adding another rolled flower or two and sewed on Crystal stones. I also drew a circle (traced a plate) with a black tee juice fabric marker and opted to color on the stamped design to make it pop a little more.

    Colorful Painted Jacket
  12. I love knife pleats, and recently created a whole lot of striped muslin ribbons dyed with Jacquards IDye. Once I had the muslin strips dyed, I machine sewed knife pleats to make pleated strips. I pinned this the circle and machine sewed it in place.

    Colorful Painted Jacket
  13. This is the bottom of the jacket, to which I added another stamped detail.

    Colorful Painted Jacket
  14. l I added free from stitching in a random motion all over the jacket, except for the sleeves.

    Colorful Painted Jacket
  15. To pull the front of the jacket in with the back detail, add some rows of pleats above the pocket flaps and these fun enameled french number plates which can be purchased at

    Colorful Painted Jacket
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