Silk Painting

Fluid paints silk and other finely woven fabrics. Order from this comprehensive selection of silk paints which include Deka Silk, the extensive colour range of Javana silk paints, Pebeo Setasilk and Jacquard Dye-na-flow. The paints can be applied using the traditional silk painting method of stretching the silk fabric on a frame, dipping the fabric into the paints for tie-dye effects, or by applying them with a spray applicator.

Auxiliary products include silk outliners which are used to ouline areas of the design so that the paint is restrained within the outliner borders. Waterbased silk outliners are sometimes confused with rubber based gutta outliners which are usually used with steam fix silk dyes to achieve the same objective. There are also a choice of primers available to buy which help prevent the spread of the fluid paints and allow for watercolour painting techniques. These primers, or anti-spreads, are applied to the silk fabric and allowed to dry prior to painting and include Jacquard No-Flow and Deka Silk Covering White.

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The paints are set on fabric by ironing to make the colours permanent and washfast. They leave a slight change to the feel of the silk fabric, depending on how much paint has been applied. If it is important to ensure that the handle and drape of the fabric is not impaired, such as in clothing, we recommend silk dyes as an alternative method of colouring the material.

The steam-fix silk dyes include the soluble H Dupont Classique dyes and Jacquard Silk dyes. The dyes are applied in exactly the same way as the silk paints and as the colours do not sit on the surface of the material (paints contain pigment, while dyes are a chemical which bonds with the fibres) the handle of the fabric remains unaffected. You can find out how to steam-fix dyes in our Blog post.

The choice of silk fabrics from George Weil include the finely woven, translucent Pongee and the slightly heavier Habotai. These silks have a smooth reflective finish and are perfect for silk painting and dyeing techniques. Also included are the sheer gauze chiffon which can be dyed or used for Nuno feltmaking, the Crepe de Chine woven from high-twist yarns and degummed after weaving to give a flexible fabric with soft drape, plus the heavier Noil Gauze and Noil Poplin woven from the remaining fibres from the cocoon carding. The Velvet fabric incorporates a silk backing with a viscose pile and can be used to create devore fabric. All these fabrics are sold in multiples of 1 metre lengths and material is cut to one continuous length where more than 1 metre is order. For great value, the silk Pongee and Habotai are also available to buy on 6 metre and 45 metre rolls, making them cost effective for workshops and classrooms.

In addition to the material lengths, there are a large choice of ready made silk scarves, ties and cushion covers and you can save 15% when you order 12 or more of any one item.

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