Tutorial: Design A Silk Pillowcase with Silk Paints
This month, I taught three silk painting workshops for the members of Felicity House, a non-profit organization based in Manhattan whose mission is to provide a social community space for women with autism. It was a lot of fun and a huge success. I love how each participant came up with their own uniquely painted pillowcase based on the silk painting techniques I taught.
I offer private workshops for companies and nonprofits, so if your organization is interested in a personalized creative experience, check out the details on my Workshops and Events page and get in touch!
In the meantime, here’s an easy tutorial on how to hand paint on a silk pillow cover.
Watch the video for an overview and read below for the detailed instructions.
Tutorial: Design a Silk Pillowcase with Silk Paints
- Silk Pillowcase
- Jacquard Dye-Na-Flow paints
- Jacquard Silk Salt
- Pebeo Gold Outliner
- 3-4 Paintbrushes (any craft, soft haired brush is fine)
- Container for water
- Freezer paper or wax paper to place in between the pillow
For this project, the silk pillowcase, Dye-Na-Flow paints, Jacquard Sea Salt and Pebeo Gold Outliner were ordered from Dharma Trading.
- Iron the pillowcase to remove the fold lines and wrinkles
- Cut freezer paper or wax paper to the pillowcase size so that you can place in between the front and back of the pillow (you will probably need 2 pieces)
- Gather a few images of hand painted silk pillows for inspiration (search on Google or Pinterest)
- Pick 3 silk paint colors
- Dampen an area of the pillowcase
- Apply the first paint color - tap lightly - the paint will quickly spread and you don’t need to add multiple layers of paint. Note: Adding more water will lighten the color and less water will keep the paint color bold. Do not oversaturate with water or paint.
- While the first painted section is still damp, sprinkle some silk salt. Do not touch the salt while it reacts with the paint and does its magic!
- Move on to the next section, dampen the area. Select a second paint color and repeat the painting process.
- Keep repeating the painting steps, alternating paint colors and adding salt until you have finished painting the pillowcase
- Let the pillow case dry.
- It is recommended that you wear gloves and remove the salt with your hands. Throw away the used salt (it cannot be reused).
- Add the gold outliner as an embellishment and final touch to your painted pillowcase. This is optional.
- Final step: Heat set. Turn the pillowcase inside out and iron for a few minutes on the reverse side.
How to Care For Your Hand Painted Pillowcase:
- Hand wash in a mild detergent. DO NOT machine wash.
- It is normal for the color to bleed upon the first few washes.
- Hang to dry and iron to remove wrinkles