Saturday, September 21, 2013

DecoArt Great Apron Off

As one of the DecoArt Bloggers, I get to submit project ideas to DecoArt. If they approve the project, I get happy mail!! Woohoo!!!

A few weeks ago, I submitted three project ideas, and they were ALL approved. I was so absolutely giddy. Today, I am sharing my first official project with you.

The idea for my project:
Use DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Paint to decorate a Tracy Weinzapfel Mixed Media Monday Apron that I have been wanting to paint for a while. Tracy is a fellow DecoArt Blogger, so I figured what a great way to showcase DecoArt AND mention two of their bloggers in one post.

DecoArt Paints Used:
- Ocean Blue
- Bright Coral
- Avocado Green
- Cadmium Orange
- Hauser Light Green
- Canary Yellow
- Christmas (Primary Red)
- White
- Black
- Sapphire Blue
- Celebration Pink

Apron Used:

(You can read the story about Tracy's aprons HERE)
Or, you can simply just decorate any blank apron.

Here is where the story takes a NUTSO turn. This morning, I was talking with Tracy on Skype. I happened to mention to her that my first DecoArt project kind of involved her. (Her name IS on the apron. LOL) Well, she just LOVED the idea. As many people know, Tracy wears an apron on her LIVE Monday Night Ustream Shows. What Tracy DOESN'T DO is get paint on her apron. Her OCD makes it impossible for her to just wipe her dirty hands or brush on her apron. But she thought painting it on purpose would be a great idea!!

This is where the "GREAT Apron Off" started!! (That sounds dirty)
Not only was I going to paint my apron today, but I challenged Tracy to do the same thing. It was the only real chance that paint was EVER getting on her apron, so I thought it was a win win. LOL

About 5 minutes after hanging up with Tracy, I was starting to paint. Woohoo!!

It was at about this time, that I started having a major ANXIETY ATTACK!!! Not only was I painting something to showcase a product for a BIG name company, but I just challenged "The Tracy Weinzapfel" to do it too. What was I thinking? What if this stinks?

If you think I am kidding, just ask Tracy, I text her that EXACT thought. She just laughed at me. UGH!!

I overcame my first jitters and kept painting. Here is what it looked like after I finally managed to get an odd number of flowers spread out on the apron.
Then I added the stems, leaves, and splashed some of each of the colors used around. DONE!!

And you know what, I love it!! I don't think it stinks!! In fact, you know you have evolved as an artist when you like something you did so much, that you don't even care if other people don't like it. Ahhh inner peace!!! Love it!!

The DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Paints are FANTASTIC!!! I absolutely loved how they looked and performed on the canvas material. I would absolutely recommend these paints to everyone. The bottle does say let it dry for 48 hours before washing. I really never plan to wash mine, so I am good. Enjoy!!!

Tracy, thank you for constantly inspiring me to be more than I have ever imagined. You daily push me to strive to be a better me than I ever thought possible.

If you would like to check out Tracy's PAINTED
Mixed Media Monday Apron, please check out her blog here:

Horrible picture of me modeling the apron.
(Taken by a teenager who could not get me in focus)

Beautiful apron now hanging on the door ready at a moments notice.


Sue Allemand said...

Great job Lori! Looks so fun and colorful!! :)

Tamiko McCurry (MEKOfoSHO) said...


Sandee Setliff said...

Love it, you did a fabulous job!

Alice said...

it looks great! i have an apron of my own sitting on a shelf on my bookcase. may have to pull it out and get my apron on!

Anonymous said...

LOVE your apron!! Your flowers are amazing and I think I need to take a Lori Batronis flower painting class. ;) I also never knew she sold yellow aprons!! Love the your apron. Thanks so much for challenging Tracy, which kinda turned into challenging the rest of us. <3

Nancy Lee said...

Wonderful! would love a stampo of your flowers, stems and leaves and all!