Busting the Myth Surrounding Silk Painting

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I just wanted to say a few words to dispel the myth that silk painting is painstaking. It’s not. It’s fun, creative and you never know where it’s going to take you. Enjoy.

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63 Responses to Busting the Myth Surrounding Silk Painting

  1. Ken says:

    As an Art School grad — I so appreciate this post!! So many things are easier than they appear….and having done some silk painting years ago — I appreciate the post!!

    Ken

  2. This makes perfect sense. After all, art isn’t supposed to be “perfect,” at least I don’t think it should be. Good advice.

    Sharon Hiebing
    Follow Your Dream Compass

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      🙂 Yes, everything really is perfect just exactly the way it is. Expecting the outcome to be a particular way is what puts so many people off. Thanks for commenting Sharon. x

  3. Fiona Stolze says:

    I ‘love’ the way YouTube just randomly freezes the film at a frame that is interesting to say the least. :-)))

  4. Irene Turner says:

    Sounds like a metaphor for life, doesn’t it? Expectations can destroy the outcome for just about anything, can’t they?

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      You’re so right Irene. And when learning silk painting, slip-ups do occur but it’s about what you make of them and whether or not you take action at all. 🙂

  5. Sometimes we just need reassurance…thanks.

    I remember my aunt creating beautiful silk scarves and tablecloths. My favorites were the pieces where she would spray the silk with wanter and then the paint flowed wherever it wanted to.

    Rachel Lavern
    http://www.rachellavern.com
    Personal Transformation, Enlightenment and Development

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Yes Rachel. You’re so right. It’s gorgeous to watch the dyes flowing on the wet silk. I’m hoping to post some short videos showing exactly this in process. Thanks for commenting.

  6. Donna McCord says:

    How freeing this is! I think alot of us don’t even want to try something like silk painting because we don’t believe it is something possible for the untrained and ungifted. But you make it sound as though it is open to anyone to at least try. A great way to view the whole creative process!

  7. Donna McCord says:

    How freeing this is! I think alot of us don’t even want to try something like silk painting because we don’t believe it is something possible for the untrained and ungifted. But you make it sound as though it is open to anyone to at least try. A great way to view the whole creative process!

  8. I’m a textile artist too – although I don’t paint on silk, I do dye cotton fabric. And I never use a recipe. I think the accidents and the unexpected outcomes are not only what makes the dying process fun but also beautiful.

  9. I’m a textile artist too – although I don’t paint on silk, I do dye cotton fabric. And I never use a recipe. I think the accidents and the unexpected outcomes are not only what makes the dying process fun but also beautiful.

  10. Yvonne Hall says:

    I met a woman earlier this year that is a silk artist. http://www.susanlillysilks.com/ and I am amazed at what a beautiful art form this is. In my craftier days I might have taken a try after this vlog. But with my two small kids I just have no time for my crafty endeavors these days. Thanks for the myth buster and KEEP WARM!!
    Yvonne Hall
    http://www.facebook.com/wildforwildtree

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Hi Yovonne, Glad that you felt at least inspired. There are tiny projects that you can do no matter how full your hands are but maybe another time….thanks for popping by.

  11. Yvonne Hall says:

    I met a woman earlier this year that is a silk artist. http://www.susanlillysilks.com/ and I am amazed at what a beautiful art form this is. In my craftier days I might have taken a try after this vlog. But with my two small kids I just have no time for my crafty endeavors these days. Thanks for the myth buster and KEEP WARM!!
    Yvonne Hall
    http://www.facebook.com/wildforwildtree

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Hi Yovonne, Glad that you felt at least inspired. There are tiny projects that you can do no matter how full your hands are but maybe another time….thanks for popping by.

  12. I love how you set up the video– the Buddha in the background, the lighting, etc. Would have loved to have seen an example of your silk painting! Joan

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Glad you liked the set up, Joan. It’s actually my permanent bedroom setup. :-)) And behind me is the bottom of the frame of one of my large mandalas. It’s a large format one mostly in pink entitled Love and Compassion. I’ll show it in the next video.

  13. I love how you set up the video– the Buddha in the background, the lighting, etc. Would have loved to have seen an example of your silk painting! Joan

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Glad you liked the set up, Joan. It’s actually my permanent bedroom setup. :-)) And behind me is the bottom of the frame of one of my large mandalas. It’s a large format one mostly in pink entitled Love and Compassion. I’ll show it in the next video.

  14. I don’t know that I’ll be silk painting any time soon, but I loved hearing about something so new to me. Also liked the message about being willing to try and not convincing yourself ahead of time that it’s going to be “too hard.” Wish you had shown us some of your silk painting. (I’m not even sure I know what it is!)

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks Judy. Actually my blog is chocabloc full of my artwork. Do take a wander around and see some of my work. I’ll be showing some of it in future vlogs. Thanks for the pointer. 🙂

  15. I don’t know that I’ll be silk painting any time soon, but I loved hearing about something so new to me. Also liked the message about being willing to try and not convincing yourself ahead of time that it’s going to be “too hard.” Wish you had shown us some of your silk painting. (I’m not even sure I know what it is!)

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks Judy. Actually my blog is chocabloc full of my artwork. Do take a wander around and see some of my work. I’ll be showing some of it in future vlogs. Thanks for the pointer. 🙂

  16. Janet says:

    I appreciate the idea that there are no mistakes, even in art, no, especially in art. I don’t know anything about silk painting so please post about what it is and show us how its done. I’m curious.
    Thanks!

    Janet
    http://www.mydoggblog.com
    http://www.dogbandanastore.com

  17. Janet says:

    I appreciate the idea that there are no mistakes, even in art, no, especially in art. I don’t know anything about silk painting so please post about what it is and show us how its done. I’m curious.
    Thanks!

    Janet
    http://www.mydoggblog.com
    http://www.dogbandanastore.com

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Lovely that you’ve visited my site Janet. It’s full of articles describing all sorts of processes and photos of my work. Please just go onto the home page and start to scroll down and you will find a wide selection of things there.

      Warm wishes
      Fiona

  18. Do you have any sample you can show in your video? I Was really hoping to see one.

    Lisa Ann Landry
    Vibrating Positive Energy
    http://www.myshoppinggenie.com/pstd/

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Hi Lisa

      Thanks for visiting. Please go onto my home page and scroll down. You will find lots of examples of what I do here.

      Warm wishes
      Fiona

  19. Do you have any sample you can show in your video? I Was really hoping to see one.

    Lisa Ann Landry
    Vibrating Positive Energy
    http://www.myshoppinggenie.com/pstd/

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Hi Lisa

      Thanks for visiting. Please go onto my home page and scroll down. You will find lots of examples of what I do here.

      Warm wishes
      Fiona

  20. KathyAlice says:

    This was a nice way to make a craft (art form?) seem more accessible. I echo the other poster that seeing examples of silk painting would have made it more real to those of us that aren’t entirely sure what it is.

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Glad you liked the post. Please feel free to have a look at my blog as it is full of silk art work in every form. Enjoy. x

  21. KathyAlice says:

    This was a nice way to make a craft (art form?) seem more accessible. I echo the other poster that seeing examples of silk painting would have made it more real to those of us that aren’t entirely sure what it is.

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Glad you liked the post. Please feel free to have a look at my blog as it is full of silk art work in every form. Enjoy. x

  22. Pat Zahn says:

    Fiona – totally my philosophy (though I haven’t done silk painting specifically, I’ve been involved in many creative arts.) My motto is that we don’t make mistakes, they are just “design opportunities”. I use this same thinking in helping customers create albums, they sometimes get caught up in being perfect, but we don’t need to be, yeah?

    Pat Zahn, Photo Solutions Superhero
    http://www.PatZahn.com

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Absolutely Pat. Silk painting is not at all static and it sometimes leads us instead of the other way around, so it’s about surrendering to the process at times. Thanks for visiting my page.

  23. Pat Zahn says:

    Fiona – totally my philosophy (though I haven’t done silk painting specifically, I’ve been involved in many creative arts.) My motto is that we don’t make mistakes, they are just “design opportunities”. I use this same thinking in helping customers create albums, they sometimes get caught up in being perfect, but we don’t need to be, yeah?

    Pat Zahn, Photo Solutions Superhero
    http://www.PatZahn.com

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Absolutely Pat. Silk painting is not at all static and it sometimes leads us instead of the other way around, so it’s about surrendering to the process at times. Thanks for visiting my page.

  24. So lovely to hear your voice Fiona. I am glad you busted that myth. I have always thought Silk Painting looked complicated. I had a client who did silk art, and we hung some pieces above her bed and in the dining room, during a home makeover and they looked fabulous. Really added life to the rooms.

    Jennifer Duchene
    The Home Makeover Mixtress
    http://home-decorating-makeovers.com/

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      It’s fabulous when people hang their own artwork up on the wall. The colours in silk paintings really are vibrant and they do truly add life to the rooms. Thanks for your comments Jennifer.

  25. medington16 says:

    I love the fact you make this sound easy but don’t you think this can be a metaphor for many things in life. If you don’t just do it you never find out how easy it is! And most things are easier than they appear.
    Louise Edington
    International AuPair Finder
    Facing Fears and Frontiers Over Fifty
    http://louiseedington.com

  26. medington16 says:

    I love the fact you make this sound easy but don’t you think this can be a metaphor for many things in life. If you don’t just do it you never find out how easy it is! And most things are easier than they appear.
    Louise Edington
    International AuPair Finder
    Facing Fears and Frontiers Over Fifty
    http://louiseedington.com

  27. Julie Labes says:

    Love the video. I did not know anything about silk painting..and now I do. Thanks for educating me.Love the attitude of..however it turns out..that’s ok. My life is pretty much like that!

    Julie Labes: Fierce Over 50 lover of travel, blogging, the internet, wings & beer, and Life!

  28. Julie Labes says:

    Love the video. I did not know anything about silk painting..and now I do. Thanks for educating me.Love the attitude of..however it turns out..that’s ok. My life is pretty much like that!

    Julie Labes: Fierce Over 50 lover of travel, blogging, the internet, wings & beer, and Life!

  29. I agree with you…no matter what you create it can be used. Thanks for sharing, I don’t know much about silk painting and look forward to learning more.

    Darcie Newton
    Using Real Estate to Fuel Retirement
    http://www.mywealthspa.com

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Lovely to have your comments. Thanks. I’m in the very early stages of video work here and look forward to sharing lots more.

  30. I agree with you…no matter what you create it can be used. Thanks for sharing, I don’t know much about silk painting and look forward to learning more.

    Darcie Newton
    Using Real Estate to Fuel Retirement
    http://www.mywealthspa.com

  31. Nice post Fiona from someone who has never (yet) been artsy!

    It is always the journey, never the destination that I enjoy, so who cares if something changes along the way- it’s just a moderation of your journey!

    I took a look at your mandala video of all your mandalas- INCREDIBLE! My only issue was you went through them too quickly! If people want to see your work, that’s a great one to view.

    Candace Davenport
    http://www.ourlittlebooks.com ~ Little Books with a Big Message

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks for commenting Candace. Glad you liked the video. It only shows a selection of my pieces and is a small part of a longer film which we had to cut right down for YouTube. :-)There’s a longer slideshow of my work on the website, too which you can pause at any piece for a longer look.
      http://www.silkandart.com/slideshow/slide_show.htm
      I have plans for showcasing individual pieces so that is on my to-do list. 🙂

  32. Nice post Fiona from someone who has never (yet) been artsy!

    It is always the journey, never the destination that I enjoy, so who cares if something changes along the way- it’s just a moderation of your journey!

    I took a look at your mandala video of all your mandalas- INCREDIBLE! My only issue was you went through them too quickly! If people want to see your work, that’s a great one to view.

    Candace Davenport
    http://www.ourlittlebooks.com ~ Little Books with a Big Message

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks for commenting Candace. Glad you liked the video. It only shows a selection of my pieces and is a small part of a longer film which we had to cut right down for YouTube. :-)There’s a longer slideshow of my work on the website, too which you can pause at any piece for a longer look.
      http://www.silkandart.com/slideshow/slide_show.htm
      I have plans for showcasing individual pieces so that is on my to-do list. 🙂

  33. Jean Bentley says:

    This applies to so much not just silk painting. Things often do not turn out exactly as we intended.

    Jean Bentley
    Connecting Lives… One Cards at a Time
    http://www.ConnectingLiveswithCards.com

  34. Fiona Stolze says:

    You’re so right Jean.

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