The first year I started running again, I was getting shin splints. After months of suffering, I discovered the love of the calf compression sleeve in my Pink Zensah’s. I have been wearing calf sleeves for during long runs and after for recovery ever since. This winter, Zensah is trying to brighten things up with the #WhiteToBright campaign.
Lindsey at Red Head Baby Mama posted when preparing to run as Wreck it Ralph’s Vanellope on how to dress up white sleeves for a race costume. She was frustrated that she could not find instructions online, so she created her own instructions and look how cute they turned out. Go check out her post how to paint running sleeves for a race costume, its brilliant really for those of us who like to be festive in our race attire. So inspiring was this post, the folks at Zensah took note and asked her to help start a movement on #WhiteToBright and to invite others to spread the word on dressing up plain old white calf sleeves. She invited me and of course I said yes because:
- Zensah sleeves were my first and I still love my Pink Sleeves
- I am always up for a challenge especially one to exercise my creativity and artist within
I decided I would do something for St Patrick’s Day since I had no sleeves to that theme and should be easy right? My Zensah sleeves came to me nice and plain white…they still got great compression with no color!
I decided to try some fabric dye, rather than paint. At first I was going to do some good old flags of Ireland – Green vertical stripe, white vertical stripe, orange vertical stripe – I should have stuck with that plan I think and gone acrylic paint route, but I changed my mind at the craft story going with all green. I wanted to create a field of clover, really green sleeves with some depth.
I used dye that you just add water shake and voila its ready.
As suggested by the dye, I laid a garbage back out on my craft table surface. My own idea, put a plastic grocery bad inside the sleeve to keep the top and bottom from touching. After finished, a Mossy green color with very little depth and not exactly bright, so I had the brilliant idea to drip some water on them, you know for kind of an impressionistic field of clover.
I had purchased some foam shamrocks to stitch on easily for a St Patty’s day race, which could easily be removed in case I wanted to use these for maybe Sarge from Toy Story or an alien race – all about future costumes. Problem is they dried, the water dots were gone and it was back to not so bright mossy green. Sad trombone.
I know, BLEACH PEN, that is what I need to give it some depth, I told myself. I decided to give each sleeve a big shamrock bleached out for fun and other random bleach spots. I blotted off the excess bleach and dye with a paper towel, because in my head it was the thing to do. I was feeling all Monet-ish, and then when it didn’t work out like I wanted, IE now too much white and well I wanted to get rid of ALL the white, I put more green dye on the sleeves. Here they are wet, funny how they are SO different in color.
Now, I could have left this alone, but NOOOOOO, I thought, more dye. It dried out honestly the jury is out on this for me. While these did NOT turn out as envisioned and I could have followed Lindsey’s EASY instructions with the paint for the Irish flag. I did have fun playing with the dye. Zensah’s come in a bunch of colors true, but I had fun with the dye getting all crafty. Here’s a potential Wearing of the Green Race Outfit with my new colorful sleeves!
Zensah wants to give one of my readers a chance to win their very own WHITE TO BRIGHT set of sleeves. I have seen dressed up sleeves for fairy tale characters and rebel pilots… really your possibilities are endless only bound by your imagination.
Giveaway details, Begins Friday Feb 13th ends Friday February 20th at 11:59pm EST. One winner will receive one pair of white calf sleeves. Winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond back with shipping address and size. Giveaway open to US residents only. Must be 18 or over to enter. Void where prohibited.
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How do you think they turned out? And really if you are like, UM, looking preschool, that is OK, I can take it.
Disclosure: I was provided a pair of sleeves to decorate and a pair to giveaway at no cost. All opinions are 100% my own.
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