| Silk Cubism Oil Painting square scarf with heliotrope design
size: 36" ¡Á 36"(90 ¡Á 90cm)
oil painting design
Mounting and frame not included
Oil painting. This is actually easier if you have no art experience. You may bring a picture of your house or something you would like to paint, or we will supply ideas. Supplies, lunch, dessert and beverage included.
Silk Oil painting Feature£º
Luminous, rich and vibrant colours typify silk printing. Silk, is a highly prized natural fibre with unique characteristics. Its lustre and lightness together with the property of attaching to and holding dye better than any other fibre, makes the ideal canvas for printing. Painted silk has characteristics similar to watercolour printing; soft, flowing colours, or sharp, precise hues, soft blurred edges while using a type of gum resist called 'gutta', designs painted onto silk form a colour containing edge. Wax resists create patterning, as does screen printing or methods of tying such as Japanese shibori, or the application of salt which can be used to create speckling or crystaline effects.
What Is Silk printing?
Silk printing is cool. It's like
1.watercoloring without the bleed
2.batik without the big wax drips
3.tie-dye with more control
4.coloring in a coloring book -- but you draw the lines!
The basic steps:
1. Stretch a piece of plain, undyed silk on a frame (artist's stretcher bars work well).
2. Mix dyes to create colors, tints, and shades. The dyes are non-toxic and soluble in a solution of water, baking soda, and dried urea (no, it doesn't smell).
3. Optional: With gutta percha or "ungutta", draw areas on the silk -- the outlines of a picture, for example. The wax resists the ink, and prevents it from spreading.
4. Paint! Mix colors together, moosh 'em around, watch them bleed.
5. Let it dry.
6. Set the ink with heat.
You can steam the silk as follows: wrap it in newspaper and muslin, then place it in a tube over a pot of boiling water and let steam for 20 minutes. Or wrap it in newspaper, coil it into a spiral, and set it on top of a steamer rack in a large steamer pot, taking care not to let the coil touch the water in the bottom of the pot. Steaming usually sets the dye best. You must be careful to let the steam escape freely, however, so condensation doesn't sit on the silk and leave droplet patterns.
I used to pin my silks inside an old sheet, so they wouldn't bend in and stain themselves, then put the whole thing in a heavy-duty laundromat dryer on high heat for 20 minutes. However, often I could not get the dryer hot enough, so the dye did not set thoroughly.
7. After steaming, let the silk sit for at least 24 hours.
8. Rinse the silk in hot water. This melts the wax and removes excess ink.
9. When the silk rinses clean, immediately iron it to remove wrinkles and dry the silk.