Category Archives: Silk Painting

Silk Painting – Getting Started

Silk painting salt and water

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 […]

Silk Fabrics

Silk Rolls Large

Luxurious, light transmitting silk fabrics give vibrant results when dyed or painted with acid dyes or decorated with silk paints. What is a Momme (mm)? The weight, and therefore thickness, of silk fabrics is classified by the Chinese system of mommes, pronounced mummy (mom-ee), and normally shortened to ‘mm’. The metric equivalent of 1 momme is […]

Printing and Painting on Silk using Acid Dyes

Katherine Barney Gutta 1

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. […]

Craft Paints for Fabric, Paper and other Surfaces

Jacquard Lumiere samples on paper and fabric

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 […]

Steam Fixing Acid Dyes

steam setting silk dyes

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 […]

Roz Plant, Batik Artist

Roz Plant

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 […]

Painted Silk Fabric, Liz Cunningham

Liz Cunningham Compiled

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 […]

Paintings on Silk by Jenny Lacey

Jenny Lacey's silk paintings

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 […]

George Weil Fabric Range

Silk Rolls Large

Most of the materials featured are suitable for dressmaking, needlecrafts, dyeing, batik and interior design. The silk, satin and velvet fabrics will appeal to the Wedding dress maker as they are available in varying weights and differ in their light reflectiveness. They can also be dyed easily with the Acid Dyes to fit in with […]