silk painting

Silk Painting
What is Silk Painting?
Silk painting is creating art on fabric with silk
as the canvas.
History of Silk Painting
• Silk painting can be traced back to the 2nd
century AD in India when the 'wax resist'
technique for embellishing silk was used.
• The batik industry in silk flourished about 200
years later.
• In the 1920s hand painted silk designs began to
appear in France.
• It wasn't until the 1970s that silk painting
became really popular in the U.S.
Materials Needed:
*Resist - wax resist, gutta resist
*Smock - dyes will stain clothes!
*Paint cups
*Cup of Water
*Newspaper over work space
The Serti (closing or fence) technique:
Step 1: Prewashing your silk
Step 2: Preparing your design
Step 3: Making a Stretcher Frame
Step 4: Stretching your silk
Step 5: Applying gutta or resist
Step 6: Applying dyes or paints
Step 7: Setting/Fixing the color
Step 8: Removing clear gutta or clear water-based
Applying resist:
Applying Dyes:
The technique of applying dyes is very
similar to painting with watercolors.
Example of silk painting in progress:
Example of completed silk painting using
the Serti Technique:
Another example:
another example…
Your assignment:
Paint a mandala design on a
pre-stretched round silk.
Step 1: Come up with an original mandala design
Step 2: Transfer the design onto the pre-stretched round silk
Step 3: Trace your design with gutta or resist
Step 4: Neatly paint the design with dyes
What is a mandala?
The word mandala is from Sanskrit, a classical Indian language
developed over 2,300 years ago. Loosely translated to mean
Mandala In Nature:
The "circle with a center" pattern is the basic structure of creation
that is reflected from the micro to the macro in the world as we
know it. It is a pattern found in nature and is seen in biology,
geology, chemistry, physics and astronomy.
Flowers, the rings found in tree trunks and the spiraling outward
and inward of a snail's shell all reflect the primal mandala pattern.
Examples of Mandalas in Nature:
Mandalas in Art and Culture:
The mandala pattern is used in many religious traditions:
The Americas:
Native Americans- medicine wheels
Aztec - calendars
In Asia:
The Taoist "yin-yang" symbol
Tibetan mandalas
Christian Cathedrals - Rosetta windows
Mandala examples in Art and Culture:
Mandala Silk Paintings:
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