Paint on Silk… an art adventure


I have just completed a weekend introducing some wonderful artists to the medium of silk painting. We used iron fixed paints for silk and explored a number of techniques. We then made some of these into cards and brooches and from the techniques learned, each person decided on a design for a larger work (or continued with little gems if preferred).

Apart from thoroughly enjoying their company, I was thrilled with the diversity of the results. Equally pleassing, they enjoyed the medium, agreeing it was very different……..challenging but in a way therapeutic, watching the “dyes” move across the surface. One participant commented that it was like play… yes, well we should not outgrow creative play as that is how we develop. Painting on silk has encouraged me to be far more adventurous in my art than has any other medium.

the salt technique was perfect to get this lace effect for the dress collar

the salt technique was perfect to get this lace effect for the dress collar

a selection of stunning brooches in watercolour technique, some with salt texturing and decorative additions of gutta embellishment.

a selection of stunning brooches in watercolour technique, some with salt texturing and decorative additions of gutta embellishment.

Previous experience in cake decorating enabled good control of gutta to achieve some bold geometric designs. In contrast are the watercolour landscape impressions.

Previous experience in cake decorating enabled good control of gutta to achieve some bold geometric designs. In contrast are the watercolour landscape impressions.

What a brave, first ever, silk painting!  A feather, lace, flesh tones.... all very challenging. This is to be made into a cushion, I am told. I would love it on my couch.

What a brave, first ever, silk painting! A feather, lace, flesh tones…. all very challenging. This is to be made into a cushion, I am told. I would love it on my couch.

Colourful and light, poppies are, I think, my favourite flower to paint on silk.

Colourful and light, poppies are, I think, my favourite flower to paint on silk.

Gutta resist technique is great for those with a  designer's flair

Gutta resist technique is great for those with a designer’s flair

This is even more amazing for those of us at the workshop. The impressive  salt texture background was being admired when someone accidentally squirted black gutta on it. In true creative style, the painter embraced the black "mess" and worked with it. Excellent!

This is even more amazing for those of us at the workshop. The impressive salt texture background was being admired when someone accidentally squirted black gutta on it. In true creative style, the painter embraced the black “mess” and worked with it. Excellent!

 

Watercolour and Ink workshop… abstracting the landscape… student works


These are some of the works done at a one day workshop in Canberra today. The ladies had not done watercolour before and I was so impressed with what they achieved in this single session. We worked with a limited palette, primarily on Fabriano torchon extra rough paper so they could explore different textures. Some of the textures were created using a palette knife while othere were using traditional watercolour methods such as dry brush.
They responded well to the use of and appreciation of a variety of brush types …. one inch hake, goat hair
a small taklon rigger,
a number 3 squirrel teardrop wash
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Burnie Shines…. Silk fashion and Silk Painting workshops


As part of Burnie Shines annual celebrations in Burnie I have some silk garments in a fashion parade…. Art 2 Wear.
http://www.burnieshines.com/Date/10-October-2013
Exciting. One night only. I will post some pics after the event on October 10. Hopefully showing the maodels wearing the garments, if not the items on coathangers (not quite the same).
Also 2 WORKSHOPS
on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October at Burnie Makers Workshop. Have a go at painting on silk and create a special handmade Christmas gift while enjoying the flow of dyes on silk. If you love colour you will love this.
http://www.burnieshines.com/Events/Workshop-Silk-Painting-Watercolour-Technique
Click the link for the Sunday workshop details… watercolour technique (put the image in a card or do a slightly larger one to frame.
FOR THE SATURDAY WORKSHOP… MAKE A SILK BROOCH USING SALT TECHNIQUE
http://www.burnieshines.com/Events/Workshop-Silk-Painting
Busy, busy with Deloraine Craft Fair fast approaching too.

Paint Small on Silk


Art for relaxation and meditation… it does not get better than painting on silk.

WORKING SMALL ON SILK is a short introduction to the freedom of painting on silk for relaxation and meditation.
We will work on little images…. abstracted and/or more realistic. Just letting the colours flow, working with varying amounts of water, creating texture with salt, “building” a little landscape …..
and, if you like,making one of your works into a brooch (like the children in the previous post …. Kids for a creative future workshop)Handpainted silk jewellery.

Saturday 24 th August 10a.m. till 12.30 pm
Materials supplied $30
Forth Art Studio
ph 64282675
0419282673

Kids for a Creative Future Project… silk painting


These colourful cards contain silk paintings using the salt technique, done at a small workshop at Eastern Shore Community House, East Devonport, Tasmania today. Lovely people… all co-operative, so involved, very polite …. just loved it. I think it is nice for everyone to go home with a finished product and, as we made badges last time, this time we put the paintings into cards. Most of the children give them to their parents. I just love that parents are so special to them. They are nearly always the first people the youngsters think of when sharing something special. And wouldn’t any parent feel special receiving any of these? ESCH silk workshop Thank you to ESCH for asking me to tutor this session and thank you to TRA for funding this successful project……..Children for a Creative Future.