I’m a MESSY Artist, white was banned from the closet due to the fact I would probably get paint on it.
I was also banned from paint and any other form of art the week prior to the wedding, just to avoid any skin stains or mishaps.
Heck, nice things were banned from my room/studio in the fear they would never make it out alive and unpainted.
When I said I was going to paint my wedding dress, I was surprised no one tried to steal all my paint and hide it until after the big day. Trust me there were some really concerned people! But white is not allowed in my closet………so I had to ;)
JK! Really I think it has just gotten to that point where people know the Art in me cannot be contained. Color color color!!! EVERYTHING!
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Before: I got this dress at a discount store. When we purchased it, it was a size 8 and I'm barely a 1! Next I took it to Sun Rose Altertaions in Huntington Beach CA. They did a great job getting it down to size and even adding some beautiful straps.
My Addition: For months I had been cutting out and coloring pieces of lace I planed on stitching to the dress. As I laid it on the dress though it just did not look how I wanted, instead of a fade from one color to the next it just looked like patchy flowers that were messy and hard to even see. I scrapped that idea and started brainstorming a few others like colorful tule(too light), puffy paint(too shinny) and fabric dyes(didn’t take color well). Finally I was fed up with all these tests and fails, so I just took my airbrush I had been using to get nice fades of color on the flowers and just sprayed it. and kept spraying it more and more. All in all it was about 3 layers of paint on each layer of fabric and even on the inside of the lace edge.
Funny Mishap: I was under the dress spraying when my mom notice a light pink color at the top of the mermaid flare. The paint in the air was getting caught by the netting under the dress and turning the whole inside pink! Luckily we caught this before it got too bad, I lightened it and no one noticed the error.
Shoes: I'm only 5ft 2in! I got those massive shoes for 3 reasons (well, 4).
1. to be taller than my LITTLE sister (the blonde)
2. tall shoes = no hem alteration needed (save the $$$)
3. good kissing height for my 6ft 2in man!
4. They are just way cute and I needed an excuse to buy those beasts ;)
These beautiful boots are called “Abner” by Jeffrey Campbell <3
At first I was 100% sure I could do this.
20min into coloring, I thought I ruined my dress. It took a few days for me to regain confidence and work on it again.
In The End: The shock and awe of my dress helped me feel calm and confident. My colorful personality was shining through and everyone there loved it. I wasn't trying to break tradition it's as simple as wanting to wear something I felt beautiful in. It's the Artistic personal flare. A teacher once told me, in a class you can always tell who did what painting, just look at what they are wearing. Sure enough a glance around the class and although we all had the same project everyone had unique colors and styles that showed through in their attire as well. For me life is my canvas, it always has been. I look for any and every opportunity to add that personal flare and artistic touch, I wasn't about to hold back because it's normal to wear white