|My very first silk painting|
My very first painting was of a flower and I was very pleased with the result (except for the background color - I was in a rush to finish and ended up with a VERY intense chartreuse-yellow).
|A large piece of recycled silk with snowflakes|
My next set of paintings was experimental - an attempt to figure out how to use recycled silk for Silk Painting.
Recycled silk, brings with it a variety of issues including:
- Unsure if the silk is REALLY 100% silk (in spite of the tags stating they are 100% pure silk, I do not think that they always tell the truth!).
- Many items made of silk, have been coated in some kind of stain-resistant chemical which makes it hard for silk dyes to correctly penetrate the silk.
- Creating frames or other mounts to hold the smaller pieces of silk is somewhat challenging (for instance if I want to practice with a pocket from a silk shirt).
- Most recycled silk items I have found, are colored rather than stark-white (the best I've found is a light beige). This makes the colors of the silk dye appear differently than they would on pure-white. and......
- It is often hard to tell what type/thickness of silk you are buying. And the thicker the silk, the harder it is for the dye to penetrate the silk.
|Snowflake Greeting Cards|
My latest attempt is to paint my dog Sophie. This picture was taken while the painting still was in the stretcher/frame (and still needs to be color-set and have the resist washed out). I'm thrilled with how it turned out - of course, my critical eye sees things that I could have done better - or would change slightly. But overall... a very satisfying experience!
|My dog Sophie|
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