Monday, 13 February 2012

Silk Painting

Silk Painting

Some of Nancy's silk paintings can be seen at

Painting on silk scarf is a fantastic art that can be enjoyed by just about everyone. Even beginners can create stunning pieces to be proud of.

It is such a versatile material that you can use it to create items of decoration - such as panels, pictures, wallhangings, suncatchers, cushions etc - to practical uses like clothes, scarves, ties and bags.
Really your imagination can go wild.

It is surprisingly easy to make something beautiful just by painting different colours on to a piece of silk and watching them spread and blend and work together. By doing this you learn which colours complement each other and how to make soft and sharp patterns and shapes.

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  1. Dab a spot of dye on to some stretched silk.
  2. Add another colour to the middle of it, watch it spread.
  3. Then add another colour to the middle.
  4. Alternate dark and light colours for the biggest contrast. Suddenly you have a rainbow of colours.
  5. Try doing these dots again elsewhere on the silk.
  6. Keep going until the silk is full of colour.
  7. When this is dry, use some coloured resist to draw simple daisies freehand over the silk and add spots for the centres.
Try painting the daisies again with a new piece of silk, but this time while the paint is still wet, sprinkle a few little clusters of coarse salt onto the areas that will be the centres of your daisies and leave to dry. Once dry shake the salt off the silk and draw your daisies. The salt soaks up some of the dye and leaves a mottled effect on the silk which will give your daisies a bit more depth and definition.

If you would like some more ideas for painting on silk visit my silk scarf patterns website. These patterns make silk painting easy and come with instructions so even beginners can use them. My website offers silk scarf painting patterns that you can print off right now. Please visit

This is such a simple little experiment but can be amazingly effective. Everything you do will be teaching you the value of colour and the flow of the dye on the silk.

Chinese Silk Painting

Chinese Silk Painting

There is a Chinese legend which tells the story of the origin of silk - in the 27th century BCE a silk worms cocoon fell into the tea cup of the empress Leizu, the 14 year old wife of the Yellow Emperor. As she lifted out the cocoon it began to unravel and she was enthralled by this lovely soft thread.She found that by wrapping several threads together she could make a strong thread that could be woven and is credited with inventing the first loom and starting the production of silk.

It is believed that the Chinese introduced silk painting in the 27th century BCE (Before Current Era) and it remained exclusive to China until the Silk Road opened during the first millennium BC opening thousands of miles of interconnected trade routes across Asia, Africa and Europe.

The Chinese tried to keep the method of making silk to themselves and managed this for many years. Eventually the Japanese discovered their secret, managed to obtain silkworm eggs and silk production became widespread.

Today silk painting is flourishing thanks partly to the many books now available and increasing numbers of craft suppliers who specialise in silk painting equipment.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Silk Painting Techniques Book

Silk Painting Techniques Book: Beginner's Guide to Silk Painting [Paperback]

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Product Description:
Painting on silk is a popular pastime. Silk paints and materials are now widely available, and the craft is much easier than it looks. This guide presents step-by-step colour photographic sequences to show how easy it is to do. The book also contains ten projects for scarves, cushion covers, greetings cards and wall-hangings, in which readers combine the natural beauty of silk with silk paints to create attractive items.

This book contains most of the techniques you can use when you start painting on silk. I had some experience already with pre-gutta silk, and there are a lot of other things to be done and materials to be used, as I learned from this book. The pictures are very clear, there is a list of the names of all the materials, and it seems to be complete.
I also ordered the Shirbori book by the same author, I use that more because it appeals to me more but I do not regret buying this book. They are both great to learn from and as a simple reference.

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