Handpainted Mario Denim Overalls For A Little Girl

And now for something completely different! Most everyone knows me for my jewelry because well, it’s kinda mostly what I do. 😉 But I really wanted to do something different so I tried my hands at this. These were made for a swap on Craftster.

Handpainted Super Mario Brothers Denim Overalls for Little Girl

Handpainted Super Mario Brothers Denim Overalls for Little Girl

The Details
Bought a pair of jean overalls. I pre-washed them (Tide Free & Clear and no fabric softener) just to be sure I had a good starting surface.

I printed up some pictures of Mario and Mario Characters to use as a reference. I free-handed the images on the denim with a fabric pencil.

When I had it as I liked, I outlined each drawing in black Sharpee.

Then I got to painting. I used acrylic paint in many, thick coats to get a good, solid color. Took a lot of touch-up and a lot of patience. Probably spent about 4-5 hours on the project but I did it on the couch in the evening watching TV so it wasn’t hard – just exacting.

Let it dry overnight and then I finished it with a few layers of spray-on ScotchGuard just over the images themselves. The acrylic paint is pretty permanent on most fabrics but this should help it stand up to being worn by a little girl a little more.

Close-Up pictures behind the cut!!

1-Up Mushroom was first.
Handpainted Super Mario Brothers Denim Overalls for Little Girl

Then I made Mario himself.
Handpainted Super Mario Brothers Denim Overalls for Little Girl

Next I made the Star (on the back pocket)
Handpainted Super Mario Brothers Denim Overalls for Little Girl

And…I felt it needed just something else… I hemmed and hawed quite a bit before finally realizing a Piranha Plant eating the “Osh Kosh B’Gosh” label would be perfect. (I think I might be most proud of him. It’s a tie between him and Mario.)
Handpainted Super Mario Brothers Denim Overalls for Little Girl

I was so pleased with them when they were done. They honestly came out so much better then I had hoped. (In fact, when I made the claim, I felt it was so possible that I couldn’t do it that I said I reserved the right to change my mind if I couldn’t get it to come out right! 🙂 ) It wound up being so much fun to make.

As always, thoughts appreciated!

4 thoughts on “Handpainted Mario Denim Overalls For A Little Girl

  1. That is amazing, what a great job. Will the paint come off? I have just got some overalls for my two boys and wanted to jazz them up a little. They are not demin but I don’t think that will matter will it? Will the acrylic paint stick better to polyester / cotton mix?
    Sorry for all the questions, I’m excited now.

    • I would guess that cotton would work better. Poly being man-made, probably wouldn’t absorb the paint as well.

      I finished it with spray-on ScotchGuard which should help protect it further. Had I planned in advance, they apparently make an acrylic medium that turns acrylic paint into fabric paint. Might look for something like that as well.

      Let me know how it comes out! 🙂

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