If you decide to try your hand at silk painting, you’ll be attempting a technique that goes back many centuries: in China and other parts of the Far East, the traditional art of painting on silk predates painting on paper, a ‘new’ and cheaper invention that began to come into popular use a mere 2,000 years ago
In this workshop you will discover your creativity and learn about the surprising possibilities of experimental silk painting. Painting on silk is a delicate technique producing colourful and rewarding results. When silk paint or dye is applied to the fabric it will, if left to its own devices, produce a watercolour-like effect. If you want a crisper, harder-edged effect, you’ll need to control where the colour goes. It is fascinating to discover how the paint flows; see how to contain it within a resist medium known as a gutta or create a textured effect by adding salt. The resist acts as a barrier that keeps the colour contained within the outlines.
Within the first 3 hours there will be an opportunity to experiment with the materials and you’ll love producing a beautiful and colourful silk card. For those who wish to extend their skills, silk scarves can be purchased and you can spend a satisfying afternoon using your new learnt skills to create your own unique and special silk scarf. Experimental silk-painting is mostly enjoyable and surprising. Participation in the workshops requires no experience at all.