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Let me take your hand, I'm shaking like milk.
I've had these black pillowcases lying around for awhile, intending to do this. I'm moving in 2 months and the less I have a reason to throw away, the better, so it's time to get craftin'!

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  • How to make a painted cushion. Let's Go To Bed Pillowcase - Step 1
    Step 1

    My blank pillowcase and my workstation.

    (Note the purple table- I FOUND that in the TRASH. Who would throw away a perfectly good table? Oh well, now it's mine and now it's purple.)

    Um, I have 5 bottles of white paint because I'm indecisive, but I just went with regular White.

  • How to make a painted cushion. Let's Go To Bed Pillowcase - Step 2
    Step 2

    For my pattern, I taped 4 pieces of regular computer paper together. Then, since my image was square, I squared it off- the paper was just shy of 17 inches tall, so I measured 17 inches across.

    I then divided the image into quarters, so I would have reference points as I drew my image.

  • How to make a painted cushion. Let's Go To Bed Pillowcase - Step 3
    Step 3

    My original image, the album cover of The Cure's 1983 single "Let's Go To Bed." Fitting for a pillowcase, I thought.

  • How to make a painted cushion. Let's Go To Bed Pillowcase - Step 4
    Step 4

    I desaturated the image, and then posterized it to get it down to simple colors.

    Once it was on the screen, I overlaid a grid on top in quarters and made it red so it's easier to see. This matched up with the grid I had drawn on my pattern.

  • How to make a painted cushion. Let's Go To Bed Pillowcase - Step 5
    Step 5

    I did a rough sketch of the pattern freehand, then got irritated and traced the laptop screen. Hey, whatever works! Anyway, here I have my pattern.

  • How to make a painted cushion. Let's Go To Bed Pillowcase - Step 6
    Step 6

    I then used transfer paper to get the pattern onto my pillowcase.

    Hard to see? Yeah, me too.

  • How to make a painted cushion. Let's Go To Bed Pillowcase - Step 7
    Step 7

    I traced over the lines with a white sewing pencil to make it easier to see, and less likely to rub off with my hand while I was painting.

    Um, that's better? A little bit.

  • How to make a painted cushion. Let's Go To Bed Pillowcase - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now we're ready to paint! Slide cardboard inside the pillowcase so the paint won't dry and make it stick together- I used the top of a pizza box. I had to keep sliding it around under the part of the pattern I was painting, but it worked out ok.

  • How to make a painted cushion. Let's Go To Bed Pillowcase - Step 9
    Step 9

    I just used ordinary craft paint, but you can use screen printing ink if you want. I considered screen printing it, but I wanted a more hand-painted look.

  • How to make a painted cushion. Let's Go To Bed Pillowcase - Step 10
    Step 10

    If you use regular paint, make sure and mix it with equal parts Textile Medium. This will make it softer and less "crunchy" when it dries.

  • How to make a painted cushion. Let's Go To Bed Pillowcase - Step 11
    Step 11

    Paint away! Pull the wet parts of the pillowcase off of the cardboard every now and then as you work to make sure it doesn't stick to the cardboard.

  • How to make a painted cushion. Let's Go To Bed Pillowcase - Step 12
    Step 12

    Yogurt break while it dries! This is the best snack ever. Also try it with strawberries.

  • How to make a painted cushion. Let's Go To Bed Pillowcase - Step 13
    Step 13

    I free-handed the logo after the picture dried a little.

    What's that, Robert? Let's go to bed? Oh, if you insist.

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Kathx
Kathx · Fayetteville, North Carolina, US · 5 projects
That is very cool!
I am a huge Cure fan.
Robert is so adorable. I suggest seeing them live if you haven't because he's so shy and cute on stage!
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Cyanide Sweetheart
Cyanide Sweetheart · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 23 projects
I'm such a Cure fan I think I have to do this, too! AMAZING~
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Patricia S.
Patricia S. · Roma, Queensland, AU · 5 projects
Just found this - absolutely fantastic! Thanks so much for the detailed how-to !
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Missy El
Missy El · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 5 projects
This is just perfect! I love the picture, I have it right next to my computer!
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· 3 projects
Pssh, sexy in the 80's?! Robert's hot today! I just saw them live last month!

Thanks everyone, glad you liked it! I decided to do the second pillowcase with a different pattern, and I'll post that as soon as it's done.
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Jaguar
Jaguar · Vacaville, California, US · 2 projects
"turning turning blue all over the windows and the floors"
Ahhh. robert smith. so very sexy in the 80's.
my all time favorite band in the WORLD!!!!
love it.
amazing.
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Christina Q.
Christina Q. · Richmond, Virginia, US · 5 projects
Lucky you! Every night you get to sleep with Robert Smith!
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Kalli
Kalli · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 13 projects
I'm quite jealous, I absolutely love The Cure.
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xXx Holly xXx
xXx Holly xXx
They Are A Very Weird Item But Quite Stylish I Think. Happy
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Knittin' Kitten
Knittin' Kitten · Liverpool, England, GB · 32 projects
Oh wow it's really well done, I thought you'd stencilled it!

Yum, The Cure <3
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