Category Archives: Silk Painting

Silk Painting with H Dupont Classique Silk Dyes

Painting with Dupont dyes

George Weil has sold litres and litres of H Dupont Classique Silk Dyes to customers during the last two decades. These liquid dyes are used with protein fibres such as silk, wool, feathers, mohair and cashmere, and are more popularly used by silk painters. A Beginner’s Silk Painting using H Dupont Classique Our colleague Cara […]

How to Steam Set Silk Dyes in the Microwave

Steam fix silk dyes

The silk painters’ favourite, H Dupont Classique dyes, provide bright and clear colour results on silk fabric. Although the iron fix silk paints offer a fair alternative, they do leave the fabric a little stiffer than a dye. This stiffness effects the drape of the fabric while dyes retain the fluidity. Our image shows silk […]

Paint Test on Polyester Fabric

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A recent enquiry from a customer wanting to paint on polyester fabric prompted us to create a swatch sample for five of the paints available from George Weil. The customer is planning to paint a motif on a wedding dress, therefore the performance of the paints is very important. The paint samples were allowed to […]

When Life Gives You Lemons – OR what to do with spilt Javana Silk Paint

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What indeed! Poor Sophie had a minor disaster this morning while picking a customer’s order. She reached out to pick up a jar of yellow Javana Silk Paint which promptly fell out of her hands. The lid cracked when it hit the floor and Sophie was covered in a citrusy yellow paint. It was very […]

Basic Colour Theory

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Understanding a little about colour theory can help you to decide which colours to choose for art or craft projects. The success of a project, whether it be woven cloth or a watercolour painting, can be determined by choosing the best colour relationships. Primary Colours The primary colours red, yellow and blue are the only […]

Wax-Out! for removing Batik Wax from fabrics

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What is Wax-Out! Wax-Out! offers an alternative solution to removing wax from finished Batik items. It is a mix of products which, individually, are already in commercial use in the textile industry for removing oils and waxes from fibres, yarn and fabrics. These contaminants arise both as from the original raw materials, wax in cotton […]

Stretcher Frames for Painting Fabric

Stretcher frame for silk painting

The best way to paint fabric or apply Batik wax, is to suspend the fabric on a stretcher frame. The fine weave of the silk fabric makes it ideal for painting, and silk paints or dyes give vibrant results leaving the silk with a soft handle. Silk paints can also be used on cotton fabric, […]

Silk Painting with Silkpaint Resist

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Silkpaint® Resist can be used for a number of applications and is a worthwhile addition to any painter’s studio. You can dilute Silkpaint Resist with water (adjust to your desired consistency), or it can be diluted or coloured with a small amount of paint or dye. These flowers have been painted by Jenny Lacey using […]

Silk Painting with Acid Dyes

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Acid dyes produce bright, intense colours and are ideal for silk painting. The simplest method is to use pre-mixed liquid silk colours such as Dupont Steam Fix Dyes or Jacquard Silk Colours, as silk painters can rely on the consistency of colour results. The most cost effective however, and with more opportunities to develop your […]

Silk Painting – Getting Started

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Painting silk fabric can be very exciting and satisfying. The silk paint colours flow easily and readily the moment the loaded brush makes contact with the silk. Silk fabrics such as Pongee and Habotai are smooth and finely woven and the surface diffuses colour evenly. Painted scarves are light and airy with a good smooth handle. The photograph […]

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