I bought a nice pair of silk trousers in the Topshop sale. They were a good fit, cheap, made out of heavy silk, but the colour – a slightly pink cream – was not very nice. I thought I could try to paint them with silk paints.
If you see a pure silk item for £15 and you like it, it may be worth trying silk painting yourself.
- Wash the garment just to take out any finish that may prevent the paints absorbing
- Choose a colour scheme (I chose purples and greens, inspired by ornamental cabbages)
- Choose a pattern – it might be flowers, random, a geometric pattern, ombre, spots or anything you like, but think about it before you start, maybe practising on a piece of silk
- Put plastic bags into the legs to stop the paint seeping through to the other side.
- I decided on a vertical stripe so started with putting in some strong lines, mainly down the front and sides of the trousers. Do the fronts first and try to make both legs roughly the same (this is a design choice – you could do the legs completely different if you wanted to. I try to make a pattern look like I may have matched it. I do the second side from scratch and it is hard to get it the same).
- Gradually fill out the spaces, adding more colour until you are happy with the effect
- Allow the first side to dry
- Turn over and repeat on the back
- Dont forget to do the inside of the pockets, the seams, the fly, inside the pleats, etc.
- Press with a hot iron to fix the paint