Painting Flowers - Mandy Southan
Colour Mixing - Mandy Southan
Decorative Effects - Leonard Thompson
Dyeing Devores - Caroline Munns
Silk Choker Necklace - Linda Graves
Wax Melting Pots - Jill Kennedy
Gutta Pro-liners - Isabella Whitworth
Javana Air Pen - Isabella Whitworth
Microwave Dyeing - Vera Dreyfuss
Painting Borders - Tessa Barnes
Ten Top Tips - Jill Kennedy
Transferring designs - Anon
Free-style landscapes - Marianne Nash
Painted Silk Poppy - Mandy Southan
Magic Lettering - Leonard Thompson
Painted Lilies - Mandy Southan
The Silk Road - Mandy Southan
Aspects of Design - Leonard Thompson
Selling your work - Ian Bowers
Japan: Textiles - Mandy Southan




Wet threads:
The development of this technique resulted from an idea I had when a speck of solidified silk paint from the bottom of the paint pot got onto my silk. When I dried the painted silk and removed the speck I noticed that it left behind a white mark.

I decided to lay wet cotton thread on wet silk before painting wet into wet and see what happened. When I dried the silk and removed the cotton thread it left behind a fine line with a soft halo.

I experimented with other threads; wool, string, rope, etc. Each left its own characteristic texture on the painted silk.


Wrapped cotton thread:
Prepare a silk covered frame. Choose your paint colours - pale colours for the background and darker colours for the design.

Dampen the silk with a foam brush. Using a no.8 brush, paint the silk with a wash of the pale colours. Dry the silk with a hairdryer. This will also fix the silk paint.

Dampen the silk a second time and lay cotton thread in a random pattern onto the wet silk. Dampen the cotton thread by dabbing it with water using a clean brush. Take off any excess water with a piece of paper towel. Dab the darker colours over the silk and the cotton thread allowing the colours to blend.

Hairy mohair thread:
Dry the silk very quickly with a hairdryer before peeling away the cotton thread. The threads can be tied into various shapes. Hairy threads such as mohair will produce fine details. If you wrap cotton thread loosely around the frame it will produce straight lines across the silk. Do not wrap the thread too tightly or it will lose contact with the silk during the drying process and the effect will be lost. If readers are interested in buying a copy of my booklet "Decorative Effects using Silk Paints" which contains many more new ideas, there are details on my website.