JV Silk Painting

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Drawing and Painting
Ms. Voigt
Silk painting is a hybrid art form that fuses the
styles of Chinese ink painting, Indonesian batiks,
and Japanese Kimono art.
The
Chinese
have used
silk as a
support
for
painting
for over
2,500
years!
Chinese Silk Painting, Song Dynasty
Chinese Silk Painting, 403 BCE
What is Silk?
What is Silk?
Silk is a natural protein
fiber that can be made
into textiles. It is
obtained from cocoons
made by the larvae of
the mulberry silkworm
Each cocoon yields
1000 yards of silk
filament – several
filaments are combined
to make silk yarn
Silk has been highly
sought after for
centuries due to its
luxurious feel, elegant
luster, and beautiful
drape.
•Silk has a beautiful drape and a rich feel
•Silk is the strongest natural fiber – for its
weight, it is stronger than steel
•Silk can absorb 30x its weight in water
•Silk is warmer than wool in the winter and
keeps the body cool in the summer
Types of silk
1.
Silk Habotai Fabrics
Also known as "china silk" this is the classic silk fabric you
see used in a variety of projects. Habotai silk fabric has a
soft, lustrous, and supple hand. It has a smooth surface and
lends itself to most painting techniques.
2.
Crepe de Chine Fabrics
Has a slightly crinkled texture with a gentle, graceful drape
and very soft hand. Usually, Crepe de Chine has a more Matte
finish. It comes in various weights and colors.
3.
Charmeuse
This is the Rolls-Royce of silks. It has a muted crepe on one
side and shimmery satin on the other. It has a firm, soft,
supple hand and a luxuriously heavy drape. Dyes and paints
show an intensity of color and richness on this fiber.
Charmeuse enhances all types of painting techniques.
The difference:
Dyes vs. Paints
* Dyes, when set, actually
chemically bond with the fiber.
As a result, the 'hand' of the fiber is
unchanged and the silk maintains
it's natural silkiness.
*Paints are pigments suspended in
a medium; when applied, they sit on
top of the fibers and change the feel
of the fiber. The silk will lose some
of its silkiness when paints are
applied.
Transparent dyes and transparent
"flowable" silk paints work best on
white silks.
Gutta Resist
A resist is a substance that halts the spreading
of dye or paint as an outline, or preserves the
original color of the fabric in a shape or
design.
Techniques and Steps
After you have stretched your silk, follow these steps:
Step 1: The drawing
Step 2: Apply Resist
Create a drawing
Transfer design onto silk
Apply the gutta resist over each line of
your drawing
You should experiment creating different
thicknesses of line help ensure an
Step 3: Apply Ink
interesting design
Apply ink with a
paintbrush being careful
to stay within your gutta
resist lines. The ink will
spread and blend on its
own and create
interesting effects!
Step 4: Special Techniques
Try adding salt to get sunburst effects and
unique textures
Practice wet on wet techniques to achieve
tie dye effects
Linda Clemow
ELISSA WELLIKSON
JEANETTE KUVIN OREN
GUS BUTCHER
SUSANNE SLADE
LINDA BULHUIS
KAVITA SINGH
DANIEL JEAN- BAPTISTE
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