Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Paint Your Own TARDIS Umbrella

Hello again, friends! It's me again! I love being here at Housewife Eclectic, since my blog (just Lu) has taken a backseat to my new job (which I adore) as a virtual assistant. A big thanks to Debra for letting me moonlight here while she is hopefully getting some sleep and snuggles with her cute girls.

The project I have for you today is one of my favorite Doctor Who projects ever: a TARDIS umbrella! And it is not as daunting as it looks -- just dive in! If you do it, please use fabric paint or a fabric medium -- a white fabric paint pen would be perfect! I was anxious to just do it with the craft paint I had and then ended up crying a little bit when the paint started to chip off the first time I folded it up. Live and learn!

How to Paint a TARDIS Umbrella

  • blue umbrella (I got mine at Big Lots)
  • white fabric paint or paint pen
  • chalk or air-soluble fabric pen
  • thin, flat paintbrush
  • (optional) waterproofing spray, like this that you’d use for waterproofing shoes or a camping tent
Using the chalk or fabric pen, sketch out the basic design on the umbrella. I did the same design on each side of the umbrella: POLICE BOX and PUBLIC in a box at the top of the umbrella, and then windows in each section of the umbrella. I did 6 windows in each because it looked right and fit with the size of umbrella (average sized, not mini or jumbo).

Once you’ve got a design sketched that you like, carefully paint it. I used a thin paintbrush just shy of ½ wide, perfect for the thick lines and letters that I needed.

When the paint has thoroughly dried, you’re all set to go! If you’d like, you can spray the umbrella with waterproofing spray, to help set the paint. I didn’t do this, but if (when!) I do it again I think I will.

Go and be geeky,

Lu (or Lorene if you prefer) is the mom of 3 kids and wife of a singing and dancing elementary teacher. She happily shows up here at Housewife Eclectic whenever Debra allows, and occasionally blogs on whatever topic comes up over at her blog, just Lu, when she has time in between projects and her awesome job as a virtual assistant. 
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