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Silk Painting

  • 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 amusing to find her in the warehouse mopping up the spill

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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 colours that cannot be

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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 and lanolin

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  • 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, although the results are not as bright as on the light transmi

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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 a gutta outliner and adding t

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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 own palette, is to

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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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  • Luxurious, light transmitting silk fabrics give vibrant results when dyed or painted with acid dyes or decorated with silk paints or screen printing inks The weight, and therefore thickness, of silk fabrics is classified by the Chinese system of mommes, pronounced mummy, and normally shortened to 'mm'. The metric equivalent of 1mm is 4.3grams per

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  • It is possible to achieve excellent levels of colour fastness when colouring the silk with Acid dyes, making the dyed silk fabric ideal for clothes, linings, and wall hangings. The silk scarf below was painted by Katherine Barney using the Dupont Steam-Fix Acid dyes. A similar technique can be used on fine wool and fabric. The silk fabric also reta

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  • We offer a range of water based acrylic paints specifically formulated for use on both natural and synthetic fabrics. Most of them can also be used to paint paper and card and some, such as Jacquard Lumiere are effective on knitwear, leather, wood, and clay. Silk and fabric paints contain pigments that settle on the surface of the fibre from which

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  • Silk dyes will produce more vibrant colour results than iron fix silk paints. The dyes penetrate the fibres and are locked within the fabric through the steaming process, ensuring greater wash and light fastness. The results of this process far outweigh any inconvenience as the silk remains supple while silk paints tend to leave a residue on the su

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  • Roz Plant (pictured right) emailed us these examples of her quirky batik work. Herself and husband Phil, who is a painter and potter, opened their workshop to the public in May 2008 and more of their work can be viewed online Roz has been a batik artist for over 26 years has been ordering from Fibrecrafts since she started. In her email she told us

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  • This hand painted silk bag and scarf were made by Liz Cunningham. These items are part of her bespoke range of hand made silk products. The bag (below-left) makes a feature of the silver gutta outliner, as Liz has used it for detailing the front and back. The hand finished scarf, (below-right) is just one of her items available in a range of colour

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  • These colourful silk scarves were painted by Katherine Barney with H Dupont Classique Silk Dyes. The top scarf was featured on the cover of the 2006 catalogue. The 2006 Fibrecrafts Catalogue Cover image

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  • These images were sent to us by Jenny Lacey. Her paintings are painted on Pongee silk fabric using Dupont steam fix dyes. In the top image, you can see how the purple dye colour has been faded out on the petals of the iris by the application of water to wet dye. The gutta outliner prevents the dye from escaping any further across the fabric. The ra

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  • I painted this silk chiffon scarf to give as a present for Christmas (and I'm pleased to say that the recipient was really happy with it). The scarf is made from openly woven fine silk thread creating a sheer gauze fabric. I folded the 40 x 150cm scarf in half. I then pinned it to a wooden silk painting frame so that the surface was pulled taut. As

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  • The water soluble Derwent Inktense Pencils and Blocks offer the artist and textile designer exciting opportunities for experimentation. The colours can be blended together and when dissolved with water turn into permanent ink. They can be combined with other media to create a variety of stunning effects. Inktense blocks are perfect for large expres

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  • Silk paints are made from insoluble dye particles suspended in water and combined with a fixative which is set by ironing the back of the painted fabric. The paint is very fluid and formulated specifically to simulate dye. The brands of silk paint available from the George Weil website include Javana Silk, Deka Silk and Jacquard Dye-na-flow. Silk p

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  • I was quite daunted when I first pinned my 90cm x 90cm Pongee silk scarf to the stretcher frame. I had two colours of DEKA Silk (black and lemon) and wanted to demonstrate how they could be used effectively to decorate the scarf. My simple design didn't include having to use a gutta outliner or precise application. I began with the black paint, bl

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  • We thought that some of you may like to paint a silk tie and give it as a special present for Christmas. My sons and I painted a silk tie for their father many years ago and we got tremendous pleasure from making him wear it! That was a decade ago and he still has it tucked away at the back of his wardrobe. Silk tie with gutta outliner This latest

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