The dog days of August are officially upon us. The hottest days of the summer are still ahead. Before all the kids go off to school soon in the next few weeks, there’s still plenty of hot days and summer fun to be had. Especially during August, it is important to protect yourself from the sun’s harsh rays. Shield your skin in style with a parasol. A parasol is a colorful, fun and stylish way to protect your skin this summer. A parasol is a great summer craft project. Kids will love making stylish parasols too. With just a cotton umbrella, some paint and a few other supplies, you can have a superb parasol for the dog days of August and other upcoming sunny days. A parasol is one of many great summer crafts.
- Any Jacquard Fabric Paints: We used Textile Colors: Yellow, Orange, Ruby Red, Sky Blue, Apple Green, Black, & White:
- Textile Colors
- Cotton Umbrella: Usually you’ll want a white or light colored umbrella but our Neopaque paints works great on dark fabrics. The umbrella should be clean and free of sizing – paints always adhere better to clean fibers. Our umbrella blank available at Silk Connection is perfect for this project.
- Applicator Bottle with #7 Metal Tip: For drawing thin lines with the paint. Perfect for accents like dots or swirls.
- Auto Fade Pen: Use to draw temporary lines that automatically disappear when you’re done.
- Masking Tape
1. Choose a light colored or white parasol that is free of sizing. Paints always adhere best to clean fibers.
2. Decide which paint colors to use on your parasol. You can use as few or as many colors as you like. Textile Colors, Lumiere, and Neopaque are light bodied acrylic fabric paints and can be applied with a slightly stiff inexpensive brush and cleaned up with water. Dye-Na-Flow is also an acrylic fabric paint but it has a thinner base so it flows on the fabric and produces more of a watercolor effect.
3. It can be helpful to draw out your design with an auto fade pen before starting to paint. The pen lines disappear when touched by water or paint. This can help you position your design and give you more confidence to apply the paint.
4. Masking tape in different widths can be applied to do an abstract design. A simple row of tape can suggest a fence in a garden scene. Apply the tape before painting and leave in position until the painted parasol is completely dry. Peel off the tape to reveal the white cotton fabric masked below. Make sure the tape is pressed down firmly onto the fabric so that you get a clean mask. Some white can really add a little zing to your whole design.
5. Both Jacquard Textile Colors and Jacquard Lumiere are heat fix paints. When the paint is completely dry, iron for two to three minutes. Use the dry cotton setting and keep the iron moving at all times. In the difficult to iron areas you can use a hair dryer and heat for two to three minutes on hot. If the parasol is for decorative use only, no need to heat fix. Promptly clean all tools with warm water.
Tips & Suggestions:
- Add dots or swirls to your design by using some paint in an applicator bottle.
- Try stamping a design with big foam stamps that are found in most craft stores. Use a stamp with a large open design to get a good impression.
- Be careful using the auto fade pen in a humid region. If your drawn design is left overnight, it may not be there in the morning!
- After fixing the paints, spray on some Scotchguard to help make the parasol mist-proof.
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