What you'll need:
- Paint - Such as Plascon Double Velvet in Lemon Essence, Delicate White, Mauve Dust and Deep Sea Reef; Plascon Universal - - - Undercoat.Newspaper or drop sheet
- String or clothesline
- Fine sandpaper
- Damp cloth
- Old plastic baby bath or plastic container large enough to submerse your accessories into
- A paintbrush,
- An artist brush
- Baskets and bowls (Or other accessories)
Time needed: 2 hours
- Choose the accessories that work for you. Here, a collection of disused baskets and unvarnished wooden bowls is used.
- If you’re dipping small objects, lay down newspaper and above it suspend a piece of string between two pieces of furniture. To dip something larger, work outside and place a dropsheet below your clothesline.
- If your object is varnished, gently sand it with fine sandpaper before painting.
Get the look:
Decant paint into the baby bath or plastic container to a depth of about 10cm. Gently submerge the basket with one hand, then, with the other, tilt and swivel the container until the paint has reached the preferred level.
Hang the basket from the clothesline. While the paint is drying, smooth out any droplets with a paintbrush.
Once dry, create a striped effect by repeating the process with the colours of your choice. Always allow the paint to dry completely between layers.
Repeat the process with the bowls, hanging them to dry on the clothesline or on string tied between two pieces of furniture.
When dipping functional items like baskets and bowls, aim to use a water-based enamel paint like Plascon Double Velvet. It’s hardwearing and has a bit of a ‘stretch’. PVA will create a beautiful matte finish, but it will invariably crumble and chip off if the painted item is being used.
For ideas, techniques, and product information, visit www.plascon.co.za