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June 21, 2010

DIY: The Painter's Jacket

I was browsing though the clothes I left in Manila and I found this jacket:
Gap khaki jacket

Unworn and plain, it was begging for me to infuse some of my trademark The Dandy Project “globetrotting deranged artist” flavor. I needed a statement jacket for the summer, as most of my more special jackets were fall/winter. This jacket was the perfect warm-weather weight.

My eyes went straight to the pockets, I wanted to highlight them somehow. I decided to frame them like windows, roughly painting around them with a brush and white acrylic.
I used a straight edge to keep the insides of my “windows” somewhat straight and neat.
Then on to the bottom half of the jacket, close to the side pockets. Partly inspired by Yves Saint Laurent, I wanted a hodgepodge of smudges on that area, looking as if the messy painter carelessly wipes his soiled hands on his jacket while he’s at work.
YSL Spring 2008
What better way to do that then, but to soil my hands with paint and wipe them on the jacket?
I added a couple of paint splatters to make it look as if he had a few paintbrush fights with his artist-lover.
I enlisted the help of my new dog Frankie to lend her organic imprint on to the canvas.
To jack up the dandy, I wanted a touch of glitter, perhaps suggestive of the artist’s glam nightlife. So I employed another of my amateurish painting techniques, glitter-bombs: globs of paint covered in glitter, that I would dry halfway, then pop with my finger to result in thick, textural smudges of paint edged in glitter.
I layered the smears and smudges with a little more color by literally wiping paint-covered hands on the jacket while worn.
When it is complete, the artist signs his piece. (My first signed piece!)
TDP stands not only for “The Dandy Project”, but for my last and middle names as well.
a sneaky peek at the finished jacket
the DIY painter’s jacket
Here it is worn:
DIY painter’s jacket, American Apparel tank, H&M jeans, Victoria shoes
double-watched with one fresh from my brother’s drawer (Casio watch, Cartier watch, leather bracelet from Barcelona)
Globetrotting deranged artists in-demand need to keep up with multiple time zones.
runway photo via GQ.com

21 Comments

  • Adiel
    June 21st, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I really like the way this turned out; great DIY! Thanks for sharing!

  • Isabel
    June 21st, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    I love all yr DIYs, especially the ones involving paint splatters!

  • lucinda
    June 22nd, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Nice idea and it works well with your white outfit. I love your watches – I think I have a thing for men's accessories.

  • tiltumaria
    June 22nd, 2010 at 3:45 am

    Fantastic! xxx

  • Mat
    June 22nd, 2010 at 6:28 am

    he's done it again! you are the king of the DIY.

    i was planing on doing some paint splattered chinos very soon. think you should def do something in the style of one of my paintings too!

  • up and down town
    June 22nd, 2010 at 10:10 am

    i LOVE!!!!!! it.
    fabulous! genius! totally and utterly!

    (now…how will you clean it?)

  • Family Lawyers Melbourne
    June 23rd, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Wow you are really brilliant…such a nice DIY work

  • Amy T
    June 23rd, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    very cool DIY. i love how you styled it too. great!

  • up and down town
    June 23rd, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    i think the effect that washing it will have will add to its charm, as long as it doesn't remove the paint too quickly.
    you got such great results.

    ps some of my dsr items are sketched in my 449 post. thanks for visiting.

  • Anonymous
    June 24th, 2010 at 12:26 am

    out of curiosity, how tall are you?

  • Izzy
    June 24th, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Anonymous: 5 ft 11. Why do you ask?

  • Farinelli's
    June 24th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Great stuff! Will be reblogging this today!

  • Anonymous
    June 24th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Another great DIY project. What kind of paint do you use and how do you wash?

  • Taj
    June 24th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    In love w/ the DIY and that Casio!!

  • Taj
    June 24th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    In love w/ the DIY and that Casio!!

  • Anonymous
    June 24th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    @Izzy: thats pretty tall =P

    was just wondering…I'm extremely obsessed with height atm…

  • Izzy
    June 24th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    anonymous: I use acrylic paint. I try not to wash as much as possible, but when I do, I just throw it in the washing machine. I don't mind the paint cracking and peeling, I think it's somewhat Margielic!

  • Anonymous
    June 26th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    where did you get your gold casio???? lovveeee!

  • Martin
    June 30th, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Fabulous jacket! I want to do this myself!

  • Anonymous
    July 31st, 2010 at 5:50 am

    am loving this blogsite!

  • Family Lawyers Melbourne
    December 6th, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Incredible!


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