DeborahWillardDesign

Original Hand Painted Clothing and Accessories

Winston-Salem, North Carolina · 325 Sales

DeborahWillardDesign

Original Hand Painted Clothing and Accessories

Winston-Salem, North Carolina 325 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(82)

Announcement   August 2018 Update. I've started listing BARGAIN BUNDLES. These are recently painted items that I'm grouping together and selling at a reduced price.
Currently I'm working on baby items that have similar painted design motifs. And since they are already painted, I can get them in the mail to you within a day or two.

If you are interested in ordering a bargain bundle, specify the size range and whether you want boy-friendly or girl designs. Or just say "surprise me." This is a great way for you to pick up a few things to have around as gifts when you need a cute baby gift in a hurry for example.

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July 2018: Summertime, and it's hot outside....
I have some new toddler and little girls' sleeveless dresses in COLORS! Light pink, light yellow, light minty green. 100% soft cotton interlock fabric with raised waist and nicely finished edges. I can also get these in short sleeves and long sleeves.
I also have some new HATS. Also in colors: Aqua blue and bright pink. Wide brim sun hat in ladies sizes; fringed edge bucket hat with small pocket and chin cord in kids sizes. I've had these before in tan and khaki colors, and now I have them in aqua blue and bright pink in kids' sizes.
In t-shirt styles, I have ladies' tank tops which you may choose instead of a short-sleeved style'
If you like unisex or men's sleeveless tank top, message me and I'll get back to you with size and color options.
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May Update: There have been several requests recently for BLACK garments. Just so you know, black is more difficult to paint on, and the design will not be as brilliant as on white. But it can be done. I just have to charge more for the extra painting involved to get enough color to show up against the black background. Glitter helps and can give it a fun look.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!! And oh my goodness, is it cold out there or what? It has even been snowing in Florida.

DO YOU LIVE IN ONE OF THOSE SOUTHERN PLACES THAT ARE GETTING THE BIG CHILL? NEVER, EVER HAD TO WEAR A SWEATSHIRT IN YOUR LIFE? Never fear, special prices are here! Especially if you need to order more than one. Send me a message and I'll give you a special price.

NEED IT SOONER RATHER THAN LATER? I estimate 2-3 weeks turn-around time for most items. However, if I have the right blank item in stock, I can often get it to you in about a week or so. If I happen to have one already painted in your size, I can mail it to you tomorrow. Send me a convo message and I'll let you know what I can do for you in a hurry!

Some dress styles may require 3-4 weeks. Once in a while I can get one to you sooner. Once again, send convo message.
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ORDERING 2 OR MORE SIMILAR ITEMS? Send me a message and I'll quote you a special price.

VISIT MY NEW SHOP: www.willynillystudio.etsy.com
for DIGITAL DOWNLOADS of my own coloring pages and other art.

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NEW LISTINGS! Just in time for holiday shopping. I've created a new category: Choose By Design. I'm placing listings here of designs that are very basic, painted on one side of the shirt--hey, sometimes less is more, you know! But you can choose the shirt style--short sleeve t-shirt, long-sleeve t or sweatshirt. Super easy for holiday gift shopping.

Please feel free to make any suggestions or feedback as to whether you like this idea.

Be sure to send me a convo if you want shirts for the entire family. I've been known to offer discounts. You can even tell me what you want to pay per shirt. Then I can tell you what designs will work at that price.

As with all my work, these are all painted freehand. I don't stencil them or whatever. I can add names to each at no extra charge.

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HOLIDAY ORDERS: I make every effort possible to ship your order to meet your deadline. As of November 20th, I can guarantee most orders in time for Xmas holidays.

If you have a departure date for a holiday excursion, please let me know in a note to seller and/or convo message.

If you are placing an order for an entire family group, send convo message. I may be able to offer you a discount, depending on the design and the items ordered.

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Hats, hats, hats! You need a new hat! A custom painted hat,no less.
I now have some hard-to-find BIG sizes in bucket and baseball caps. So if you're one of those folks who can never find a hat big enough to fit, look no further!

As always, if you want a certain style or design, but don't see it among my listings, just send me a convo message with your request. I make every effort to accommodate everyone!

Need that order sooner rather than later? Let me know your departure date or celebration date and I'll let you know if it's possible.

Cheers !!
Deborah

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Some FAQs......

NEED IT BY NEXT WEEK? It is entirely possible if I have the garment already in stock.
Let me know.....I try to accommodate deadlines as much as possible.

CUSTOM ORDERS: I can still take custom orders for any of these items when you need a different size or design. I just have to add some turn-around time. My turn-around time is often 3-4 weeks.

NEED IT SOONER RATHER THAN LATER: If I already have the blank garment in stock, I can usually get it to you in a week or two. Send me a message...they call it a "convo" here, short for conversation. I try to respond to your convo messages as soon as possible, often in an hour or less.

WHAT SIZE??? With clothing, I know that sizing is difficult. I do my best to recommend a size based on other customers' experiences. If I steer you the wrong way, we'll work out a return/exchange. Even if you've washed a cotton dress once and it shrank too much, please let me know. We can still work out a suitable exchange arrangement. My philosophy in general is that I want you to enjoy wearing your hand painted item. I don't want you to shove it into a drawer because of the fit. We'll work it out!!

SPECIAL REQUESTS: . I'm having a blast with some of your custom orders! Some recent custom requests include Texas Bluebonnets, California Retirement Hat, Iguana on Black Tshirt, Realistic frog with realistic bugs..... I have painted dresses with foxes on them; also dresses with alpacas, a peacock, sunflowers and cow faces.

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ABOUT MY WORK: When I hand paint a garment, I work freehand, without patterns or stencils, with artist-quality acrylic paints which are permanent. Everything machine washes beautifully, and chlorine bleach may be used on white items without affecting the painting. I mix my paints with a combination of water and acrylic medium so that the paint works itself into the fabric. The designs will not wash or peel off, nor with they fade onto other garments in the wash.

I prefer to paint on white or light-colored, all cotton or cotton-rich garments. I often have other styles available besides what you see here, so please send me a message with any special requests you may have. And because I work freehand, I can paint to order, changing colors and design motifs or placement to suit you. "Please use lots of pink!" "I like mostly blues and purples" "I don't want the starfish" or "I want more turtles!!" If you're not sure about something, I can take a digital photo and upload it so you can see it before I mail it to you.

FAMILY-PLAN DISCOUNTS: If you have several people to buy for, please send me a message. I've been known to offer discounts on multiple items.

STARVING-ARTIST-FRIENDLY PRICES: Been there, done that, still do. Just ask. Let me know what your budget limitations are. I try to work out pricing with everyone who likes my work but don't have a lot of disposable income.

Thanks always for visiting my site and especially for LIKING my stuff. Even if you're not ordering, your likes are much appreciated. It lets me know what I should keep painting.

NOW I'VE GOTTA GO PAINT!!
Deborah

Announcement

Last updated on Aug 22, 2018

August 2018 Update. I've started listing BARGAIN BUNDLES. These are recently painted items that I'm grouping together and selling at a reduced price.
Currently I'm working on baby items that have similar painted design motifs. And since they are already painted, I can get them in the mail to you within a day or two.

If you are interested in ordering a bargain bundle, specify the size range and whether you want boy-friendly or girl designs. Or just say "surprise me." This is a great way for you to pick up a few things to have around as gifts when you need a cute baby gift in a hurry for example.

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%


July 2018: Summertime, and it's hot outside....
I have some new toddler and little girls' sleeveless dresses in COLORS! Light pink, light yellow, light minty green. 100% soft cotton interlock fabric with raised waist and nicely finished edges. I can also get these in short sleeves and long sleeves.
I also have some new HATS. Also in colors: Aqua blue and bright pink. Wide brim sun hat in ladies sizes; fringed edge bucket hat with small pocket and chin cord in kids sizes. I've had these before in tan and khaki colors, and now I have them in aqua blue and bright pink in kids' sizes.
In t-shirt styles, I have ladies' tank tops which you may choose instead of a short-sleeved style'
If you like unisex or men's sleeveless tank top, message me and I'll get back to you with size and color options.
**********************************************************************

May Update: There have been several requests recently for BLACK garments. Just so you know, black is more difficult to paint on, and the design will not be as brilliant as on white. But it can be done. I just have to charge more for the extra painting involved to get enough color to show up against the black background. Glitter helps and can give it a fun look.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! And oh my goodness, is it cold out there or what? It has even been snowing in Florida.

DO YOU LIVE IN ONE OF THOSE SOUTHERN PLACES THAT ARE GETTING THE BIG CHILL? NEVER, EVER HAD TO WEAR A SWEATSHIRT IN YOUR LIFE? Never fear, special prices are here! Especially if you need to order more than one. Send me a message and I'll give you a special price.

NEED IT SOONER RATHER THAN LATER? I estimate 2-3 weeks turn-around time for most items. However, if I have the right blank item in stock, I can often get it to you in about a week or so. If I happen to have one already painted in your size, I can mail it to you tomorrow. Send me a convo message and I'll let you know what I can do for you in a hurry!

Some dress styles may require 3-4 weeks. Once in a while I can get one to you sooner. Once again, send convo message.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
ORDERING 2 OR MORE SIMILAR ITEMS? Send me a message and I'll quote you a special price.

VISIT MY NEW SHOP: www.willynillystudio.etsy.com
for DIGITAL DOWNLOADS of my own coloring pages and other art.

**************************************************************
NEW LISTINGS! Just in time for holiday shopping. I've created a new category: Choose By Design. I'm placing listings here of designs that are very basic, painted on one side of the shirt--hey, sometimes less is more, you know! But you can choose the shirt style--short sleeve t-shirt, long-sleeve t or sweatshirt. Super easy for holiday gift shopping.

Please feel free to make any suggestions or feedback as to whether you like this idea.

Be sure to send me a convo if you want shirts for the entire family. I've been known to offer discounts. You can even tell me what you want to pay per shirt. Then I can tell you what designs will work at that price.

As with all my work, these are all painted freehand. I don't stencil them or whatever. I can add names to each at no extra charge.

***********************************************************

HOLIDAY ORDERS: I make every effort possible to ship your order to meet your deadline. As of November 20th, I can guarantee most orders in time for Xmas holidays.

If you have a departure date for a holiday excursion, please let me know in a note to seller and/or convo message.

If you are placing an order for an entire family group, send convo message. I may be able to offer you a discount, depending on the design and the items ordered.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hats, hats, hats! You need a new hat! A custom painted hat,no less.
I now have some hard-to-find BIG sizes in bucket and baseball caps. So if you're one of those folks who can never find a hat big enough to fit, look no further!

As always, if you want a certain style or design, but don't see it among my listings, just send me a convo message with your request. I make every effort to accommodate everyone!

Need that order sooner rather than later? Let me know your departure date or celebration date and I'll let you know if it's possible.

Cheers !!
Deborah

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Some FAQs......

NEED IT BY NEXT WEEK? It is entirely possible if I have the garment already in stock.
Let me know.....I try to accommodate deadlines as much as possible.

CUSTOM ORDERS: I can still take custom orders for any of these items when you need a different size or design. I just have to add some turn-around time. My turn-around time is often 3-4 weeks.

NEED IT SOONER RATHER THAN LATER: If I already have the blank garment in stock, I can usually get it to you in a week or two. Send me a message...they call it a "convo" here, short for conversation. I try to respond to your convo messages as soon as possible, often in an hour or less.

WHAT SIZE??? With clothing, I know that sizing is difficult. I do my best to recommend a size based on other customers' experiences. If I steer you the wrong way, we'll work out a return/exchange. Even if you've washed a cotton dress once and it shrank too much, please let me know. We can still work out a suitable exchange arrangement. My philosophy in general is that I want you to enjoy wearing your hand painted item. I don't want you to shove it into a drawer because of the fit. We'll work it out!!

SPECIAL REQUESTS: . I'm having a blast with some of your custom orders! Some recent custom requests include Texas Bluebonnets, California Retirement Hat, Iguana on Black Tshirt, Realistic frog with realistic bugs..... I have painted dresses with foxes on them; also dresses with alpacas, a peacock, sunflowers and cow faces.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ABOUT MY WORK: When I hand paint a garment, I work freehand, without patterns or stencils, with artist-quality acrylic paints which are permanent. Everything machine washes beautifully, and chlorine bleach may be used on white items without affecting the painting. I mix my paints with a combination of water and acrylic medium so that the paint works itself into the fabric. The designs will not wash or peel off, nor with they fade onto other garments in the wash.

I prefer to paint on white or light-colored, all cotton or cotton-rich garments. I often have other styles available besides what you see here, so please send me a message with any special requests you may have. And because I work freehand, I can paint to order, changing colors and design motifs or placement to suit you. "Please use lots of pink!" "I like mostly blues and purples" "I don't want the starfish" or "I want more turtles!!" If you're not sure about something, I can take a digital photo and upload it so you can see it before I mail it to you.

FAMILY-PLAN DISCOUNTS: If you have several people to buy for, please send me a message. I've been known to offer discounts on multiple items.

STARVING-ARTIST-FRIENDLY PRICES: Been there, done that, still do. Just ask. Let me know what your budget limitations are. I try to work out pricing with everyone who likes my work but don't have a lot of disposable income.

Thanks always for visiting my site and especially for LIKING my stuff. Even if you're not ordering, your likes are much appreciated. It lets me know what I should keep painting.

NOW I'VE GOTTA GO PAINT!!
Deborah

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Deborah Willard Design: Original Hand painted Clothing and Accessories

HISTORY/BIO

I have been drawing pictures ever since I could hold a crayon. During my college years in the 1970's, pen and ink seemed to be my natural medium. My love of foreign languages took me to Europe a few times, and I enjoying rendering favorite sites in pen and ink.

I discovered the art of hand painted clothing in 1989, when I moved to St.John , USVI, and immediately got a job as a contract artist for a boutique specializing in hand painted clothing. Something about painting it and wearing it appealed to me, and I've been painting clothing ever since. I established a studio/shop of my own in St.John in 1996, which I kept for 8 years.

After returning to my native Winston-Salem NC in late 2004, I shared some studio space for several years, but had only limited space for painting clothing. From 2010-2014 I had a shop called "Willy Nilly" on Trade Street in the Downtown Arts District. It was great painting in my larger space, but alas, drop-in traffic is not yet what we want it to be along Trade St. So I downsized in 2014 to rented studio space.

I had to regroup. Not having dependable foot traffic meant I needed to beef up my online presence, which meant primarily working on my Etsy site.
After a couple of years of upheaval, I have finally settled in to a wonderful gallery and studio set-up with another artist. I participate in some local art fairs and festivals, but I am so very happy that my Etsy sales have increased to the point that they have overtaken studio sales. A ZILLION THANK YOUS TO YOU, MY CUSTOMERS, FOR YOUR BUSINESS AND FEEDBACK!! You are making a BIG difference in the life of this artist.

THE PROCESS

I individually hand paint each garment or accessory item free-hand, without patterns or stencils which have a tendency to stifle my creativity. I love the spontaneity of working free-hand, happy accidents and all, often making up designs as I go. Design motifs seem to acquire a life of their own as I paint.

I begin many of my designs by drawing with a tube of acrylic paint with a plastic tip screwed on instead of its regular cap. After the lines are dry, I use flat-edge brushes to apply acrylic colors, blending color directly on the garment surface. This means working fairly quickly, before the paint colors have dried. I thin the acrylic paints with a combination of water and medium, which helps the paint work into the fabric and control bleeding while maintaining color brilliance. The mixture of paint and medium varies according to the type of fabric I'm working on and according to the desired effect.

When creating a design on a piece of clothing, I tend to use the entire garment as a canvas, keeping in mind that the item will not be hanging on a flat wall but will be worn by a person. Design elements need to be placed so as to flatter the wearer. I try to blend colors in such a way that the garment may coordinate with other items in a person's wardrobe.

My finished items are all washable according to the garment manufacturer's instructions. Most of the things I paint are machine washable and machine dryable. The paints I use do not require heat setting, and they will not run or fade onto other items in the wash. White garments may be bleached without affecting the painted design.

Buying a unique, one-of-a-kind wearable item is an investment for some, and I want people to enjoy wearing my designs for years and years. I have been painting wearables for over 20 years, and I have items whose paintings have held up for 20 years, through repeated wearing, washing, drying, and wearing again. And again. Lather, rinse, repeat....Wear, turn heads, and have fun.

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  • Deborah Willard

    Owner, Artist - Designer

    Willy Nilly Studio and Deborah Willard Design Native of Winston-Salem NC B.A. French/German, 1976 UNC-CH Art education: workshops & self taught 1995-2004,studio/shop Deborah Designs,St.John USVI. 2010-2014 studio/shop Willy Nilly, Winston-Salem.

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Care instructions

Hand Painted Garments: Turn inside out, and machine or hand wash according to garment manufacturer's recommendations. Hand painted design will not wash out or fade onto other items in the wash. Bleach may be used as needed -- it will not affect the painted portion of the design. Tumble dry low-to-medium heat or line dry.

Headwear: Hand washing recommended.

Heat-Printed Items: Turn inside out and machine wash, delicate cycle. Remove promptly. Do not soak. Tumble dry low or medium heat.

Custom and personalized orders

Custom orders are encouraged! I don't always have a design already painted in a whole range of sizes. My designs are all created freehand and may vary somewhat from what is shown in photos. If you like a particular design motif visible in the photo, please send me your preference(s) in a conversation message.

Extra charge may apply, depending on the complexity of the requested design.

Personalization is available too, usually at no extra charge.

Sizing details

Manufacturers' size ranges vary. There is no uniform standard, unfortunately. I can furnish measurements upon request. I can also advise whether an item is preshrunk or not.

Unless otherwise specified, sizes quoted are unisex. If you are unsure of what size to order, let me know how you like your clothing to fit: close fit, roomy, etc.,so that I can make a recommendation based on whether the style in particular runs large or small.

In the case of dresses: if you plan to shorten the item, let me know so that I can adjust the painted design accordingly.

If you don't see your size listed, please send a convo message. I may be able to order what you need.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Gift wrapping is available at extra charge. Personalized gift cards are also available.

Wholesale availability

Wholesale orders are accepted. Please send convo message or email for pricing.

Quantity Discounts

Got lots of grandchildren to order for? If you are ordering several items with similar designs, please contact me for discount pricing.

Custom and personalized orders

If you have a specific color palette request,let me know. Extra charge may apply.