Literally just finished the shorts! I’m really happy with how they turned out.
So after the last step from Part 1, I hand washed the shorts in cold water. The dye bled a lot and I had to be careful that the red didn’t dye any other parts of the denim. The blue didn’t give me trouble in that area. In the end, the red bled a little on the stripes that I ended up painting white so it wasn’t a big deal. Just rinse the shorts in cold water until you see that no more dye is coming out of it. Then dry before starting the painting process.
Things you need for Part 2
Dyed shorts from Part 1
White fabric paint marker, like Elmer’s Painters marker (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)
White acrylic paint marker – thicker than the fabric marker (I used DecoColor brand)
Thin paint brush for detail
STEP 1: Put the pieces of cardboard back into the pant legs, because the paint may bleed through. Carefully paint the white stripes using the acrylic paint marker. To make the lines that touch the red stripes extra precise, use the thinner fabric marker.
STEP 2: Apply a thin layer of paint on the star stamp using the acrylic paint marker. Stamp on the stars, trying your best to make them even. Some of mine are off a bit, but it’s not super noticeable unless you’re looking for the mistakes. I highly suggests practicing this part on a piece of extra denim, fabric, or paper. It’s pretty easy once you get used to the stamp.
STEP 3: At this point, you could stop if you prefer to have faded looking stars. I wanted them to be as opaque as the stripes, so I continued to the most difficult part of this whole project. I found that the easiest way to do this was not to use the fabric marker, but to put some paint from the acrylic marker on tin foil. I then used a very thin paint brush, dipped it in the acrylic paint, and carefully filled in the stars.
Et voila! That’s it.