Digging the digital trend with geometric patterns and pastel hues, chez Catherin Malandrino.
Catherine Malandrino dress – £221
You will need…
Pebeo “Setasilk” water-based silk paints (priced at around £3.95) in:
Light pink (I chose orange instead but that was personal taste)
White knitted dress, jersey dress or jumper (mine cost £5, Primark)
About half a metre of white calico fabric
3 small glass jars
Half a metre of Bondaweb
Iron and ironing board
No particular technique or skill required for this one, it’s just really easy to make a mess of your work and chosen work space if you’re not especially careful and attentive to spillages.
When worlds “kaleidoscope”…
Cut your calico into about 30 small strips (give or take, 25 x 5cm but it doesn’t have to be exact), divide them into 4 sets and paint each set with a small splodge of silk paint, like the one in the picture above.
Dunk your strip into your paint and water mix for a few seconds – tops – or as quickly as possible. I just set the above washing line arrangement up to demonstrate quantities and make it easier to photograph, but I recommend you do your dunking over a sink rather than on a desk or soft furnishings as it’s going to spill. Relax – the paint’s water soluble!
After you’ve done each piece, place them in a large, easy-to-wipe-clean area, like a shower, where I left mine. The silk paints mix easily and well so any splattering and spillages onto other pieces can be a bonus.
Take each piece – I took 2 at a time for the sake of speed – and dab it with a tissue, giving particular attention to the paler side, so as to enhance the ombre look.
Blast each piece dry with a hair dryer.
Iron your pieces onto your Bondaweb.
Cut your pieces out.
Iron them in place, Bondaweb-side down.