Looking for a new DIY project? Add some colour to a bedroom or sitting room with this DIY cushion.
Top tip: You can use old pillowcases, cut into 50x50cm squares, and simply fill and sew the top across when you’re done.
Step 1: First, prep your space. Get your containers, water, brushes and paints ready, with one glass of water for rinsing out cool colours (blues, greens etc) and one for warm colours (reds, pinks etc).
Step 2:For the tie-dye rainbow effect, use circular strokes to create patches of colour, using heavier patches for some and lighter ones for others, adding water to help the colours bleed into each other. Feel free to leave the top unpainted, to show the lovely edge of the watercolour paint.
Step 3:Repeat the process for the two-tone cushion, using both long and round strokes to overlap the orange and pink paints.
Step 4:For the ombre style, use just long, straight strokes to create rows of colour, starting heavy and gradually getting lighter and lighter.
Step 5: After you have finished painting, leave your cushions to dry overnight then iron your fabric on both sides to set the watercolour paint. The heat from the iron will complete the look and tone of your colours – you’ll see a huge difference after this!
Photography: Nathalie Marquez Courtney
Styling and DIYs: Lesiele Juliet
This article appeared in the June 2018 issue of Irish Country Magazine.
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