From the catwalk…. silk shawl and pin… handpainted and stencilled with a leaf pattern


Crepe de Chine coat and handpainted silk large cabochon pendant

Crepe de Chine coat and handpainted silk large cabochon pendant

My first venture into having some of my silk works displayed on real models. This shawl has an allover leaf design in gold and copper… individually stencilled in “random” pattern. The shawlcan be adjusted to many styles with the hand painted and stencilled matching 57mm pin. The patterning does not show in ths photo but the lime green looks lovely. You can see more catwalk photos on my silk painting blog http://silkwatercolours.wordpress.comsilk shawl... leaf pattern... handpainted and stencilled

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Silk Brooch Workshop at Burnie Makers


I had a wonderful time at Burnie Makers Workshops showing people the magic of painting on silk and patterning with salt. We made our small paintings into brooches…. I do love this workshop [which I have now run a number of times] as it suits all ages and can be taken in a small space.  It shows beautiful art can be made without needing skills in drawing. And everyone gets a wearable art item for themselves or as a special gift. I provide all the gear so all get to use beautiful soft artist quality squirrel hair brushes.

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To book a workshop for adults and/or children for your group/ school/ event please contact me.

SILK PAINTING workshop


A half day silk painting session today but we covered so much. absolutely fantastic results…. so varied. And I could hear all participants sharing what was happening…. “this brush holds more water”, “that was too wet”, “I got that sharp edge because I painted it on after the other was dry”, “paint over that part to make the colour  stronger”…….

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And everyone chose one of their works to put in a brooch….. a stylised decorative fish with gutta outline, a wonderful watermark creating an agate type design, a subtly sensitive watercolour landscape, an outback scene with whimsical tree, a semi landscape in harmonious limited palette using salt technique and a multi-coloured decorative flower design. The materials are the same but the results so varied. Silk painting is wonderfully creative.

Towards the end of the year (after Deloraine Craft Fair) I will run a more advanced workshop with a few other techniques and working on bigger pieces and larger finished items such as a bag, scarves, cushion, tie, shawl……. Expressions of interest and a suggested date welcome (ph 64282675 or 0419282673). Maybe 2 days (full weekend?) $100 for 2 days plus materials on a user pays basis or byo materials. Maximum class size will be 4 due to space limitations at my studio and that required for larger works…. or I can hire Forth Town Hall to cater for a larger group.

New silk artworks


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With the Makers Workshops in Burnie promoting me as a watercolourist specializing in silk painting I have been focusing my efforts lately on more silk works. Here is a sample…. a tie with geometric design of flat areas of colour contrasting with the lovely patterns of the salt technique, silk scarves (always popular) with free flow colour and  floral designs of garden flowers using gutta , matching brooches/scarf rings to hold the scarf in place or wear as a complementary accessory, one only silk pendant of a tiny painting under kiln formed system 96 glass, one large soft lightweight shawl in vibrant autumn tones (sold) and  cards combining encaustic with silk fibres …… more to come.