Do you need those designer leggings that look like a space galaxy but just can't justify paying over $100 for? Then this is the Tutorial for you!!
For my first effort at trying to get this effect I think I almost got it. I have seen a couple of DIY Galaxy tights online but I didn't think they achieved the right look. So an experimentation was in order :) I have not used bleach like other tut's, I am not even sure bleach would work well on these shiny wet look leggings and black always goes orangish when bleached so I wanted to avoid that.
Above is the finished result. I think I may add a little bit more larger stars/spots but for now they are still rocking.
Below is a basic picture tutorial on what I did to get this designer look, click to make it bigger as for some reason blogger wont let me fucking get the picture full size :)
I have also taken a video but I do not have time to edit and upload tonight so I will try to post it tomorrow. Detailed instructions are also below.
I watched this Youtube video for inspiration and and basic tips.
- plastic glad wrap
- shiny Black leggingsthese were $12 from a retail chain
- Spray paint - Chrome, Pink, Purple and Dark BlueI used cheap enamel spray paint from a discount shop, 3 cans for $10. This will not wash out if dried completely. If you have fabric spray paint you could use that but at $15 a can here in Australia you might as well just buy the leggings pre-made lol
- A friend to wear the leggings
I used my daughter as they were for her after all
Total cost =approx $25Saves you approx 100 BUCKS!!!
1/ Get your shit together and ready to create magic
2/ Glad wrap legs, feet and stomach!
This sounds very odd but if you want the galaxy print to flow all around your body then its easier to spray while someone is wearing the tights and you do not want to get the spray paint going through the fabric and onto the skin, you would never frigg'in get it off and would be walking around with galaxy skin for a while haha
Wrapping a body in plastic will also make you look gross, flat bumpy bum and lumpy looking legs but no one can see you, so who cares right?
An alternative to wearing them would be to put the tights on some type of tubes to create fake legs but I cbf with figuring that out so stuck with plastic glad wrap legs :) If you do not care about the design flowing then just spray flat on the ground.
3/ Put your gloves on and using your PURPLE spray start creating a soft pattern on different sections of the legs, not spraying fully but enough to make the leggings look patchy. Go all the way around, front and back, continuing the blotchy pattern in sections. Do not do all over as you still want the black showing. You will only just be able to see the purple at this point. Look at picture to see that you do not spray all over the tights.
Now do the same with the Pink but put more paint on so its brighter but leave some purple sections not covered as you want the colour to have depth.
4/ Now again do the same with the blue & again less spraying so you can see the underneath colours but enough to get the brightness of the blue. Still do this blotchy and not perfect sprays all the way around.
5/ Time for the chrome silver highlights to make it pop!! You can use white spray instead but I wanted the the stars to be shiny like stars so went with the chrome.
Before I sprayed any silver onto the leggings I sprayed silver into my hand and flicked my fingers to create the stars
After getting enough silver spots I then sprayed in different sections the silver, not too much though! if you want more light sections then do more but I didn't want to do too much in case I stuffed up the other layers.
After I did the chrome I lightly blended it in with some more pink and blue but this step isn't needed if you are happy already with the look of them
6/ Carefully take the leggings off and hang to dry. Wash them when completely dry to get rid of the paint smell. Cut the glad wrap off and have a shower haha you will need it!!
This paint will not wash out, at first it may make the fabric a little stiff but its soft enough to wear.
*Please remember this is toxic paint, always do this outside and wear protective gear. If you have a mask wear it and never inhale fumes
If you try to make this please leave a message with a link to your results, I would love to know how everyone goes with this
*UPDATE Video post here