"Silk Painting Smorgasbord!" Workshop

It was an intensive and fun play date at my Silk Painting Smorgasbord workshop this past weekend. The students had all done silk painting before, but got a chance to play with some techniques that were new to them. We dabbled in painting with thickened dyes, stamping, stenciling, monoprinting, painting on treated silk so the dyes don't run, sun printing and marbling. There was no finished project required for this workshop, just experimenting with some new stuff.

A messy studio is a happy studio! Deborah Younglao silk painting workshop: studio

Deborah Younglao silk painting workshop
Deborah Younglao silk painting workshop

Painting underway

Deborah Younglao silk painting workshop
Deborah Younglao silk painting workshop

Deborah Younglao silk painting workshop: stamping

Stamping

Deborah Younglao silk painting workshop

This, that, t'other


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Deborah Younglao silk painting workshop: sun printing

Sun printing: Silk is painted with diluted Setacolor transparent paints and laid out in the sun with objects placed on the wet paint.

Deborah Younglao silk painting workshop sun printing

The objects leave a lighter impression of themselves as the paint dries. Pretty neat!

We tried a little marbling, which is something I had never done before either. We drizzled dye into a tray filled with shaving foam and dragged toothpicks through it to make interesting patterns. We then placed a piece of silk on top (photo on left). The silk is then removed from the tray with the design imprinted on it (top piece of right photo). Too cool! There was still enough dye left in the tray for a second piece of silk, which imprinted a muted version of the same marbled design. Clearly this is only a baby step in this direction as I've seen some beautiful and intricate marbled designs, but this is yet another technique I'm looking forward to exploring more!

Deborah Younglao silk painting workshop: marbling
Deborah Younglao silk painting workshop: marbling