Last Saturday saw some more group silk painting action as I had another workshop in my studio. This one was for people who were already familiar with the basic silk painting technique. They experimented with two techniques that made the dyes act exactly the opposite to what they naturally do - i.e. they prevented them from spreading. One method was by pre-treating the silk with spray starch and painting with liquid dyes. The other was by thickening the dyes with sodium alginate and painting on untreated silk. Either way, thee dyes pretty much stay where you put them and all agreed that this had a very different feel from the usual way of painting with dyes that spread!
We also did a technique called scrunch 'n run, where a wet piece of silk is scrunched and different colors of dye allowed to run all over it.
Once all the practicing was done it was time to put some of the techniques together on a scarf.
First, srunch 'n run was used to create an organic-looking, abstract background. Here are Becky and Michele with theirs.
Then, thickened dyes were used to paint, stamp and/or stencil a design over the background.
Deborah, who declared that she "wasn't into butterflies", couldn't help herself once she started stamping these pretty ones!
Zentangles teacher Sharon incorporated zentangle designs into her piece.
Isn't it fun learning new stuff?
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