Butterfly Painted on Silk

We thought you may like to see how the gutta outliner butterfly turned out. The clear outliner, which acts as a barrier, was applied by following the lines traced with the autofade pen. The moisture from the outliner makes the ink from the autofade pen start to disappear.

Using gutta outliner

It is important to make sure that all the outlines are joined up so that the paint remains contained within the outline. The outliner needs also to have fully penetrated the fabric, hold the silk fabric up to the light to check this.

Clear outliner stopping paint spreading

The Deka Silk paint is very fluid and quickly spreads the moment the brush touches the fabric and the clear outliner stops the paint in its tracks.

Gutta stops Paint spreading

Additional applications of paint will intensify and deepen the colours.

How to use Gutta outliner


The finished silk painting, with flaws. You need to work quickly when painting large areas in one colour, the green paint looks blotchy where it has been painted over and begun to dry. Use a large brush and work confidently, the wet paint will find the gutta outlines by itself. Sprinkling salt on the wet paint will add patterning to disguise blotches, as will drops of water. Alternatively, paint over with another colour. The silk paint is made washfast on the fabric by heat setting with a hot iron.

Please visit our Silk Painting section to view our range of silk paints and equipment.

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