Sunday, 17 February 2013


This is not The Greatest DIY In The World.
This is just a tribute!

Said tribute to the above Banksy mural was inspired by this season's coy flirtation with graffiti as a trend. By flirtation, of course, I mean minor foray - less directional, more a wandering fancy, less making waves, more flowing in gentle ripples, less key look, more of a passing glance. Essentially it's not fashion headline news but I have seen it crop up in Gaultier's spray-paint prints, the colourful street art-inspired totes at Marc by Marc Jacobs and - like, duh! - Markus Lupfer's playful sequinned slogans.

This time, rather than copying something directly like I always do I decided to take a quirkier angle and interpret some of my favourite graffiti in a wearable way. Sweet Toof's work is awesome but skulls are, like, so 2012! That's why I defaulted onto Banksy. Trust me, you can't beat a bit of controllable stencilling. So I know you're all itching to see the finished product but first, read on...

You will need

NB: You also need a thin paintbrush, computer and printer for your template.

You also, ultimately, need to use an iron and ironing board on your paint work.

I would have photographed them as well but there wasn't really space on my white backdrop. Plus, I think the above arrangement's sexier!

I'd also recommend making it in clothes you don't mind ruining and a workspace near a sink, even though the paints I use appear to be washable and water-soluble.


I kid you not, mine took an hour, which included cutting out my stencil. Cleaning up afterwards added another 20 minutes to the proceedings. It does help if you use a hairdryer to speed up your printing process - otherwise it can be like watching paint dry (you're welcome!)


Hard to assess as it all depends on the image you choose. A heart, a slogan or the famous Balloon Girl would be:

...whereas the image I chose was more: decide wisely.

NB. If it's lettering, make sure you do it backwards so that it comes out forwards.

My Graffi-tee

Print out your image and craft mount it to your sticky back plastic.

Cut your template out with your scalpel.

Prep your paints by pouring the whole lot into the bottom of your spray bottle (you won't use all of it but it's easy to decant back onto the original container when you're finished).

Stick down your stencil and blast it with black paint. spray very lightly because it runs and seeps easily. Also, when it can give your image a nice sprinkled effect which is great for shading and varying your textures. A good example is in the following picture:

Finally, paint your red and blue detailing in pace (the non-stencilled part. In my case, it was the thunderbolt. Don't try to spray paint it on as it will only run and you'll lose he whole motif, as I learnt the hard way the first time around)


  1. It's perfect! so original!! :D I love graffiti!

  2. Thanks, lovely! It was a bit of an experiment which could have gone either way, really so glad you like it. :D