To a Gypsy Girl, environment is sacred. Especially the environment she finds herself in. Whether it is on a beach or in her tiny apartment, pre-bought mass produced generic furniture will not make her happy. Unfortunately, not all of us can afford eclectic furniture, and most of what is available is downright ugly. So what can we do?
I really, really, don't like white plastic. Plastic in color is better. If you are a girl who lives in an apartment with white walls, more white will make you sad. If you can't paint your walls, then you can paint everything else instead.
Painting on plastic is a problem, though. It is non porous and acrylic paint looks crappy. Another alternative, and a very gypsy alternative, is alcohol ink.
Alcohol Inks dry immediately when dripped on a non porous surface and will not come off with water. I've used bleach to get it off but water won't budge it. The look of alcohol inks are instant Gypsy. Kinda like tie dye. Espescially if you use jewel colors.
Because they dry so quickly layering is super easy. I drip them straight from the bottle, sometimes using the tip to draw with, then go on to a different color. You can let the inks bleed together to make swirls. I have great pictures of that below.
Have a fan going or do it outside. The odor is not nearly as bad as spray paint, but inhaling alcohol fumes is not good for your lungs. Much better out doors on a sunny day, sipping something sweet and cold. You can do it with a friend, each of you with a different color. I call this project part one because even though most of the surface is covered, it doesn't look unified or finished. I think lining the inside drawers with decoupage decorative papers, and collaging the door windows on the outside, will make it look more finished. I could add more alcohol inks but adding paper will give it a more complete hand made look.
I used the Bright colors, but you could also try contrasting the bright with the softer tones as well. I think this exact look done in pastels would be more than brilliant. Still Gypsy, but a softer gypsy. You can try something small first like a white or clear plastic pencil case. Super easy to do. I'd love to see what your Gypsy Plastic looks like!