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Pigment Dress Form

by Jennifer Priest

Materials
•    ColorBox® Pigment Ink – Iris, Razzberry, Surf, True Blue, Mango Tango, Caliente, Picante
•    ColorBox® Stylus and Tips
•    Basic Necessities Spray Bottle
•    Paper Mache Dress Form
•    Tulle
•    White Crepe Paper Sheets
•    Water
•    Feather Wings
•    White Cardstock
•    Ribbon
•    Lace
•    Black Acrylic Paint
•    Dictionary Pages
•    Wire

Tools
•    Heat Gun
•    3” Circle Paper Punch
•    Hot Glue Gun
•    Paint Brush
•    4” Scalloped Circle Die and Diecutting Machine

Directions

  1. Paint the wooden areas of the dress form with black acrylic paint. Allow to dry.
  2. Starting at the top of the dress form, apply ColorBox® Pigment ink in Caliente to the top of the dress form using a ColorBox® Stylus and Tip in a circular motion.
  3. About 1” from the top of the dress, apply ColorBox® Pigment Ink in Picante using a Stylus and Tip in a circular motion, blending with the ColorBox® Pigment Ink in Caliente.
  4. Continue ColorBox® Pigment Ink in Razzberry until the torso of the dress form is colored completely.
  5. Cut 3 sheets of white crepe paper to 4” x 18”. Lightly mist the paper with water. Use a ColorBox® Stylus and Tip to apply ColorBox® Pigment Ink in True Blue, Iris, and Surf to each strip. Set aside to dry.
  6. Punch about 30 circles from white cardstock using a 3” Circle Punch.
  7. Color the circles with the ColorBox® Pigment Ink and a Stylus and Tip as follows:
    10 circles with Mango Tango and Picante
    10 Circles with Razzberry and Caliente
    10 Circles with True Blue and Surf
  8. Wrap the Iris colored piece of crepe paper around the dress form at an angle to form the bottom of the “dress”. Adhere in place with hot glue.
  9. Wrap the True Blue colored piece of crepe paper around the dress form at the same angle as the Iris piece of crepe paper, about 1” above the Iris piece of crepe paper. Adhere in place with hot glue.
  10. Repeat this process with the Surf colored piece of crepe paper.
  11. Adhere one of the True Blue/Surf circles to the bottom of the dress form, covering the top of the Surf layer of crepe paper, using hot glue.
  12. Add another True Blue/Surf circle to the right side of the previous circle, overlapping. Adhere in place with hot glue. Continue, creating a fish scale pattern, around the base of the dress form.
  13. Repeat the application of circles in a fish scale pattern with the Razzberry/Caliente circles. Then repeat the process with the Mango Tango/Picante circles.
  14. Apply a strip of ribbon around the top of the final layer of circles to create a waistband. Apply a layer of lace over top of the ribbon as decoration.
  15. Apply a strip of lace around the top of the dress form.
  16. Cut ten 6” x 6” strips of tulle. Fold them in half to 3” x 6”. Glue the folded ends to the under side of the dress form body with hot glue. Trim to match the angle of the dress.
  17. Die cut 6 scalloped circles from dictionary paper. Pierce the middle of the circles with a piece of wire. Thread the wire through the center of the circles and then pierce another hole through the center of the papers and thread the wire through the other direction. Twist the ends of the wire together to tighten. This creates a stem.
  18. Crumple the top scalloped circle onto itself. Crumple the remaining circles, one by one, around the crumpled top circle. This forms a flower.
  19. Add a couple of drops of ColorBox® Pigment Ink reinker in True Blue to a spray bottle filled with water. Spritz the flower to color.
  20. Repeat the spray process with Iris and Razzberry reinkers, coloring the flower.
  21. Allow the flower to dry. Trim the stem and attach to the dress with hot glue.
  22. Use a ColorBox® Stylus and Tip to gently color a pair of feather wings with ColorBox® Pigment Ink in True Blue, Iris, and Surf. Adhere the wings to the back of the dress form with hot glue.
  23. Gently heat the project to set the Pigment ink.

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