MAKE IT / 13
today we will be making an ombré painted picnic blanket. i’ve always found myself using old sheets for park or beach picnics because i didn’t want to ruin my nicer blankets. when natalie suggested that we paint a drop cloth that has a plastic underside I looked at her and said “girl, now that’s smart.” a stylish blanket that we can customize and that doesn’t get stained — let’s make it! (make sure to watch the video for a detailed step by step!)
what you’ll need:
• 1 drop cloth with plastic lining on the underside (available in the paint section at hardware stores)
• 1 roll of 2 inch ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape
• 3 colors of paint in sequential rainbow order (ie red/ orange/ yellow or blue/purple/red)
• 5 small paint rollers
• 2 containers to mix paint
• start by taping a a pattern of your drop cloth. For ours we went chose a diamond pattern to emphasis the ombré effect. we drew pencil dots to make sure we were being precise. firmly press the tape to the drop cloth as your taping.
• mix two additional paint colors by mixing half and half of your first and second color and your second and third color.
• using small paint rollers start in the middle of your design and paint a row with your first color. Working from the center outwards on each side paint rows in order of the gradient you have created by mixing your paints. (color 1, color 1.5 (mixed), color 2 and so on)
• paint a second coat for good measure and to make your colors really pop.
• when your paint is dry (don’t rush it) carefully peel the blue tape off to reveal your perfectly painted picnic blanket.
this project was sponsored by ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape