When textile designer Rekha Krishnamurthi told me she had a DIY silk scarf painting workshop in New York I immediately signed up. Play with paint? Tsst, of course I’m in! The class was yesterday, I took a few pictures to share with you. She supplies every-thing (including hair dryer to speed up drying our work-of-art), we just show up and choose from a plethora of pretty colors to use for our one-of-a-kind scarf. If you are familiar with my interior design projects you know that I aim for straight lines (sleek, balance, cohesiveness even in eclectic rooms). So, it was kinda HARD for me to paint the scarf at first. The “I don’t want to mess up” fear popped in, as it did to my fellow scarf painters (we so declared). But when we let go of the concept of ‘perfection’, (oh and with the awesome guidance of Rekha!) guess what showed up? Fun appeared with it’s party hat. Below are several photos – the materials used, how my scarf “abstract” scarf turned out, peek inside the class, and how you can design your own scarf. Plus special discount just for you.
STEPS WE TOOK
1. prep scarf (pin down / stretch fabric / choose paint color)
2. paint (with Rekha’s guided techniques) // Psst, we can even use SALT (yeah, crazy-pants fun technique for a grainy look)
3. dry - we use hair blow dryer <– added step so the class doesn’t turn into ‘paint your clothes + face + everything the scarf touches class’
4. iron to set the painted design
At home we are to gently wash the scarf + iron again to set the color/design in.
The best part of this class is the lesson of “letting go” in order to create your very own one of a kind design. And that my friends I believe is priceless. My design is definitely no Picasso, but isn’t that what makes it unique. That’s it’s original. Check out where/ when / how much are Rekha’s next workshops here. Ooooh I almost forgot -> for those that want an intro to silk scarf painting that cannot attend in person, she just launched craft kits that you can order and have shipped within 10 days. I’m ordering one for mom (especially since I am keeping the DIY painted scarf that I planned to give to her).
SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODES: For the craft kit: 20% off – enter code 20OFF at checkout | For Intro to Silk Scarf Painting Class: 50% off – enter 50OFF at checkout