While toile du de jouy can be downright icky if used improperly:
It can also be stunningly decadent and glamorous if used in an unexpected way. .
Like bold colors, inverted colors, and architectural motifs. . .
Or clothing! I would love to have a toile ballgown...you know, for housecleaning.
Or get really crazy like Richard Saja and embroider neon punk clothing on all those stuffy farm folk. Brilliant.
I saw this idea of painting watercolor like swatches on cotton toile. GORGEOUS.
I think I may try it on this one of my swatches. I think I could use some of the fabric medium I used to paint my couch. Perhaps for a bag or pillow cover for the shop?
Stay tuned. You know I'm a DIY fool.
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