Ever get inspired in an office supply store? I love wandering around and being inspired by all the supplies. Well on my last trip, I picked up two clearance agenda planners that spoke to my inner artgirl.
Marked down to $9.00, I picked up two of these executive looking planners with the intention of painting them and turning one into a notebook and the other into my 2014 agenda calendar.
What I did
1. Created a blank canvas. Using my fabric paint (which is your basic acrylic paint with a textile medium to make it soft and pliable) I painted the nylon white. It took three thin coats to get a nice opaque white.
2. Add pattern. For my first planner I decided to go monotone. I reproduced my signature herringbone stripes with a Sharpie. First, I marked out the stripes with a ruler and then just free-handed the stripes.
3. Add color. After My first design was an epic fail on planner #2 (think thick red stripes), so I painted over it and then went with a more subtle approach. Bubblegum pink stripes decorated with a diagonal repeating pattern. which I painted on with a white paint pen.
4. Seal them. When both planners were was dry, I covered them each with an acrylic varnish to seal and protect the paint. Once dry I took them to work to test out.
Now it’s just a matter of testing out the durability. I plan on reporting back to show you how they are fair later this spring, but after a week of use they still are looking good.