Silk Painting

Mastering the Basics of Silk Painting

Silk painting, just as the name suggests is basically painting on the silk fabric. Silk painting is a trend that is quickly gaining ground. It has been there for a while, but recent painters have found a way of improving the art of silk painting.  

Nowadays, silk is readily available compared to the past. Silk painting started in Asia, and then gained ground in Europe and now parts of USA are embracing it. However, the technique being used is French. It is referred to as French Serti technique. The advantage of this method is that it is easy and always produces beautiful results. In case you would like to join silk painting classes, there are several things you will be required to have. Depending on where you will be doing the classes the items may or may not be provided. In case you are doing online classes, you may have to purchase the items yourself. If you are taking the class from a workshop, enquire first if the tools will be provided or you will be required to buy.

 Silk Painting

Things You Will Need

  • Scissors, for cutting the fabric
  • Masking tape

Note, there is masking tape and painters tape. The masking tape is most preferred.

  • Table cloth

It should be white in color. The tablecloth will be used to cover the work surface.

  • Silk pins
  • Apron or overall

Painting is one of those tasks you do not wear your best clothes during painting. However, if you choose to do so, make sure you have an apron on.

  • Gloves, to prevent the dye from staining your hands.
  • Paper towels
  • Large cups or containers, for holding water.
  • 12 empty egg cartons
  • Hair dryer, to help dry the paint easily
  • Silk paint or dye
  • Trash bag, for collecting all the waste for proper discarding.

 Silk Painting

How Can You Master This Technique

Silk painting is not a very complicated technique. Once you apply the paint or dye to the fabric, you can leave it to dry on its own. This will lead to a watercolor-like effect.  However, the color will not be contained within the outlines.  A resist medium is used to control the flow of the paint to the outlines. Gutta is a good resist medium. Some artists also use water-based resist medium. The resist can easily be removed when the paint or dye sets in. In case you choose to use colored guttas, you do not have to remove them. They are left on the silk fabric and will not alter the design of the painting.

Always remember to use pre-washed silk and stretch it out before you start using it. The fabric can easily be stretched using a strong cardboard box. Stretch the fabric over the top of the cardboard box firmly and avoid damaging it. With the above basics on silk painting, you should be able to easily fit in any silk class.

One thought on “Mastering the Basics of Silk Painting

  1. Painting on silk is a very accurate and painstaking work. For good drawings, you really need to be a master of your craft.

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