WORKSHOPS Links: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
PAINTING FLOWERS - Mandy Southan
There are lots of different ways of approaching flower painting on silk. Here are just some of them.
Working from photographs Some flower painters like to work from photographs because flowers move and change as you paint them, and sometimes wither before the painting is finished. Photographs can also provide plenty of inspiration during the winter months, when there not so many flowers around to paint. You can find beautiful photographs in gardening books and flower catalogues, or better still, take your own. This way you will have had the chance to study the real flowers and therefore have a deeper understanding of their growth and structure.
Working from real flowers I prefer to work from real flowers. Before I start a painting, I make graphite pencil drawings in line and tone, or I use coloured pencils - this helps me to understand each flower's form and structure. Through drawing, I begin to simplify and clarify what I want to say about the flowers in my painting. I try to capture the 'essence' of each flower.
Drawing directly on to silk As your confidence and observational skills increase, you can sketch freely and lossely on to silk using an autofade marker and then apply resists. The latter requires careful observation because incorrect lines cannot easily be removed. Drawings made using either of these methods have a freshness and immediacy which traced lines can lose.