Chest of drawers pillows or surfaces of your choice, Brush basin or container for water, Paper towels, Foam plate, Scissors, Fine grit sandpaper
Exotic Blossoms Chest of Drawers and Pillows Instructions:
1. The silkscreened chest of drawers was decorated using a combination of Tartan Red, Love Bird and Amaranth. Allow each color ample drying time prior to overlapping silkscreen designs.
2. When creating silkscreened fabrics for pillows, no worries if the desired shade of fabric is not available. Simply start with a white or off while fabric and paint it a color using the Martha Stewart Spray Paint System. Substitute the spray medium with Martha Stewart Crafts Fabric Medium when mixing the paint to be used in the sprayer. If the fabric nap is raised when dry, lightly sand to remove any fabric fuzzies. Our package samples were colored Ballet Slipper prior to silkscreening.
3. Tartan Red, Love Bird and Amaranth were also used to silkscreen the pillows. NOTE: mix two parts paint with one part Martha Stewart Crafts Fabric Medium before silkscreening. Using fabric medium will help keep the decorated fabric soft when dry.
1. If preparing wood: basecoat, allow to dry, sand smooth and reapply base color. If preparing fabric, prewash and dry being careful not to use fabric softeners or dryer sheets.
2. Using scissors, cut silkscreen designs apart following printed division lines.
3. Peel silkscreen from backing sheet; set backing aside and save for silkscreen storage.
4. Position silk screen on project surface where desired; press in place. If desired, add a section of stencil tape to help hold silkscreen in place.
Silkscreen Painting Instructions:
1. Apply paint through silkscreen using either the Squeegee Tool Technique or the Foam Pouncer Tool Technique.
Squeegee Tool Technique – Squeeze a small amount of paint onto solid edge of silkscreen. Holding squeegee tool at a 45° angle with light pressure, pull the paint across the opening of the silkscreen. Continue painting until the entire design area has been silkscreened. Set squeegee aside in container of water for cleaning. Immediately, while paint is still wet, neatly and carefully lift silkscreen by peeling away from the project surface. NOTE: Be careful not to drag silkscreen while removing it as your painted design may be blurred.
Foam Pouncer Tool Technique – Squeeze a small amount of paint onto foam plate. Load the flat bottom edge of the foam pouncer with paint by dabbing into the puddle of paint. Dab a few times more on a clean spot on the foam plate to ensure you have the entire foam pouncer loaded properly. Holding the foam pouncer as you would a pencil, begin dabbing straight up and down over the opening of the silkscreen. Continue painting until the entire design area has been painted. Set foam pouncer aside in container of water for cleaning. Immediately while paint is still wet, neatly and carefully lift silkscreen by peeling away from the project surface. NOTE: Be careful not to drag silkscreen while removing it as your painted design may be blurred.
2. Continue adding silkscreen designs over surface until desired effect is achieved. NOTE: When repeating a design, it is best to clean the silkscreen between uses by rinsing in water and allowing the silkscreen to dry thoroughly.
3. Set completed project aside for 1 hour to thoroughly dry.
All project surfaces painted with Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Paints should be cured to increase the paint’s durability. Follow either the Bake to Cure Technique when decorating a glass or ceramic surface, the Air Cure Technique when decorating wood, terra cotta, paper mache or tin and use the Heat Setting to Cure Technique when decorating fabrics.
Bake to Cure Technique – Set dry silkscreened glassware into cool oven. Set oven to 350°F and bake for 30 minutes. Glass must heat gradually with the oven to avoid breakage. Do NOT place glass in a hot oven. After 30 minutes, turn the oven off. Allow glass to cool completely in oven. Wait 72 hours before using. NOTE: Glitter Glass Paints should not be baked to cure; only use air cure technique when painting with glitter paints.
Air Cure Technique – Air dry completed project for 21 days before using. NOTE: Glitter Glass Paints should not be baked to cure; only use air cure technique when painting with glitter paints.
Heat Setting to Cure Technique – Allow your decorated fabric to air dry 24 hours then heat set using either one of two recommended methods.
Dryer Method – Turn garment inside out; place item in dryer for 30 minutes on highest setting allowed for the type of fabric used.
Iron Method – Place decorated item right side up on ironing board; cover with dry pressing cloth. Set iron to highest setting allowed for fabric used. Place dry iron (no steam) on area pressing for 30 seconds, lift iron moving to another area until all sections are heat set.