It's mid way through Summer and the heat is an absolute killer. So there's nothing else for it but a barbie on the deck. And for an easy but effective table setting, start with your very own, hand painted table runner!
What you'll need:
- unbleached calico - decide what size you are after, a runner or tablecloth
- 3 complimentary colours of acrylic paint
- textile medium to set the paint
- 3-4cm wide paint brush
- 3 plastic lids, bowls or containers
- drop sheets or newspapers
What you do:
1. Pre-wash your fabric to remove any treatments or finishing agents.
2. Measure your table and tear the fabric to size. Usually a table runner hangs about 55cm at each end of the table, but for a tablecloth it's up to you! Make about a 4cm nick in the fabric then tear the rest of the way.
3. Lay your drop sheet or newspapers down on your work surface. Because of the size of the project it might be easier to work on the floor.
4. Mix your paint with the textile medium according to the instructions. You can also use textile paint, but its usually cheaper to use acrylic with textile medium.
5. Start with the darkest colour, and to create the painterly effect apply presssure at the beginning of the stroke and lift the brush as you move along. Place the brush strokes randomly, leaving room between for the other colours.
6. Go for the second darkest colour, after cleaning your brush. You can wait for the first colour to dry, but the way they mix is also cool. Again, place the brush strokes randomly.
7. Then paint the lightest colour, overlapping the other two colours.
8. Allow all to dry completely, then heat set according to the instructions on the textile medium.
9. Pull off long threads from the edges, or just trim them on for a more rustic look!
10. Set your table runner/cloth down and start lunching!
This DIY originally appeared on We Are Scout. All photos and ideas are credited to them.