How to Paint a Silk Scarf
Add a calla lily motif using fabric paints and dyes to create a stylish scarf.
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Materials and Tools:
14-by-72-inch silk chiffon scarf
squeeze bottles and metal tips
wood frame (to stretch silk)
3-prong silk tacks
iron and ironing board
assorted natural-hair bristle brushes
1. Wash the scarf by hand in cold water to remove any gums or impurities that could interfere with the dyes. Wash with synthrapol and allow the silk to air-dry.
2. Stretch the dry silk on a wooden frame (made a little bigger than the silk) and pin it to the frame with three-prong silk tacks.
4. Draw the calla lily motif directly onto the silk with white fabric paint .
5. Draw leaves onto the silk with green metallic fabric paint. Let the silk dry completely.
7. Test the colors on paper first. The effect on paper is almost identical to the effect on silk.
8. Brush a little water around the stamen of each flower to attain a watercolor effect. The fabric paint will act like a resist on the silk, keeping colors confined within the areas that were drawn with fabric paint.
9. Paint a claret-colored dye on areas that were brushed on with water and allow the dye to bleed into those areas.
11. Paint the leaves in a similar fashion with a deep green dye, using the water to create a lighter area in the middle of each leaf.
13. Let the silk dry completely. Set the dyes by ironing the silk.
14. Hand-wash the silk in cold water, using hair conditioner to soften the silk.
15. Hang the silk to dry, and then press again.
Layer wool fleece/roving over a dyed silk chiffon scarf to make wearable, felted art.