Have you heard of Vecco? If not, let me explain. Vecco is a system of templates, colorants and sealants which lets DIYers customize just about any carpet--area rug or wall-to-wall. Now, before you say, "Sounds like stenciling to me," it is and it isn't. Yes, there are stencils (templates) involved, but Vecco colorant is nothing like any paint you've ever used. The system sounded so intriguing, that when they recently offered to send over a test kit, I had to accept and share my findings with my fellow Curbers.
As far as the how-to, it couldn't be easier. First, determine placement of your templates.
Second, shoot the stencil with your colorant.
Third, blot the excess colorant off with a paper towel...
also blot the BACK of the stencil to prevent bleeding.
Fourth, wait for the colorant to dry.
BUT WAIT! I decided I didn't like the 'commas'. This is where the cool factor of the colorant goes off the charts. If you don't like the design you made or if you make a mistake, all you have to do is let the colorant dry completely and then vacuum it up. Ta da! No more commas.
I decided to replace them with dots, because, really, who doesn't love dots?
Also, Vecco says you can spray one color of colorant over another for interesting effect. I thought I'd give that a go too, so I added pink dots to the center of my purple daisies.
After you're satisfied with your design, you need to let the colorant dry for 48 hours. Then you position your stencil back over the individual images and shoot them with the sealant, blotting up excess. (You re-apply with another coat in 30 minutes.) After this, your design is set and not vacuum up-able.
Again, you need to let the sealant dry for 48 hours. After that, you can walk on your rug/carpet as usual. So, what does the design feel like under your tootsies? Kinda crunchy, like after you shampoo your carpets. Vecco says this will dissipate as you use and vacuum your carpet.
If you have any questions about the Vecco system and products, I encourage you to check out their FAQ's, which cover just about anything you can think of, including what kind of carpets are best suited for the technique, maintenance and coverage. And if you need a little inspiration for your project, they have that covered too. Here's a few images from their gallery:
In sum, I'd have to give Vecco two thumbs up. The products are easy to use and the fact that you can fix your mistakes--unlike paint--makes it incredibly appealing. As for wearability, I'll make a note to update this post in a few weeks to let you know!