Step 1: Gather materials
*2 plastic gloves
*1 medium-large art sponges
*Valspar Metallic Silver spraypaint
*shoebox to avoid overspray
*the dress (silk)
Step 2: Lay out your fabric
Make sure you have a plastic tarp, cardboard, or plastic bag laid down to protect your flooring.
Take a couple of pieces of paper (magazine paper, newspaper, printer paper, or cardboard works well) and place them in between the layers of the garment. This will keep any spraypaint from seeping through on the back of the garment (and trust me - IT WILL SEEP THROUGH!)
Step 3: Begin Dabbing
Practice on a scrap piece of fabric first! Spray directly onto your sponge, and begin dabbing your fabric with it. You don't want too much or too little spraypaint on the sponge. Dabbing the sponge gently will end up in a speckled finish. Dabbing it roughly will end up with larger blots. As you can see, I used a variety of those. See what works for you.
Step 4: Drying
Dry the garment one side at a time!
I began the process of sponging on the spraypaint after I had sewn the piece because I did not want to waste time or material doing more than the pieces of the dress. After the spraypaint had dried, the material (silk) had also stiffened the garment.
Step 5: Caring
Make sure you know how to care for your materials. Washing suggestions are always listed on the bolt of fabric. I like to snap pics of these with my phone so I don't forget! Some materials may have specific ways to fold to ensure storeability. For example, silks like to be rolled. Because of the spraypaint, for pretty much any material I would suggest handwash cold.