How to upcycle an armchair with VIN+OMI
- Always prepare the surfaces and test the colour application on a small area first. Cover your surroundings with biodegradable dust sheets or other left-over materials from your recycling.
- For absorbent upholstery create a mix of System3 Acrylic and System3 Textile Screen Printing Medium in a 50/50 ratio and test on a small area of the material on the bottom of the upholstery.
- Once happy with the test results apply the base coat over the rest of the furniture and let it dry for 3-4 hours before starting the creative process. The material will lose a bit of flexibility after the drying process.
- Let the creative bubble burst – Omi creates random patterns using normal soap bubbles you can find in supermarkets. Bubbles are flying, so be sure to try this technique in a designated area where you don’t mind staining and make sure that any stray bubbles won’t affect anything else.
- Preferred mediums for this technique are acrylic inks, such as System3 and FW Ink, due to their opaque or semi-opaque coverage in comparison to Aquafine Watercolour Ink.
- To mix the coloured bubble solution, empty ¼ of the bubble liquid in a glass for later use, and replace it with a colour or mix of your favourite acrylic inks. Shake well before use.
- Wave the soap bubble stick carefully over the upholstery to create bubbles and try to avoid too many spills by moving in slow and controlled actions.
- Try to pop bubbles with your fingers and discover how the shapes change. Don’t forget to put on gloves if you want to avoid direct skin contact.
- If you want to blow the bubbles with your mouth, it is possible that ink will get on your face if the bubbles burst. Acrylic inks do contain preservatives and may cause an allergic skin reaction. Remove the splashes from your face or arms with a soft sponge or towel and household soap as soon as possible.
- If you are happy with your bubble design, please leave it to dry for 24 hours.
What you'll need
System3 Acrylic Ink
Daler-Rowney System3 Acrylic Inks are multi-surface, pigment-based opaque inks, ideal for mixed media and multi-technique applications. The System3 Acrylic Inks are water-based, water-resistant when dry and can be used inside as well as outdoor.VIEW
FW Acrylic Ink
Daler-Rowney FW Acrylic Inks are acrylic based, pigmented, water-resistant artists' inks with a high degree of lightfastness and intermixability. FW Acrylic Ink can be used straight out of the dropper, or diluted to achieve the most subtle of tones.VIEW
Aquafine Watercolour Ink
Daler-Rowney Aquafine Watercolour Inks are higly saturated, pigment-based inks that are perfect for a wide range of uses and techniques. The Aquafine Inks can be applied directly using the included dropper or use brushes, paint markers, technical pens or airbrushes.VIEW
FW Pearlescent Ink
Daler-Rowney FW Pearlescent Inks can be used to add shimmer and shine to decorative arts such as greeting cards, seasonal decorations, mounts and frames. They are perfect for creating dazzling effects on various surfaces.VIEW
About the artist
VIN + OMI are award winning fashion and multi media designers who work internationally. They are previous recipients of a NESTA award for their innovation in fashion, research and their unique business models.