How to Have Fun with Soya Wax and Silk Painting (Part 2)

I’m going to be sharing with you the remainder of the process I started in my first post ‘How to Have Fun with Soya Wax and Silk Painting (Part 1)’.

The completed silk painting on the frame

I began a wall hanging which I had decided to create doing a base coat of orange and pink hues with Himalayan salt sprinkled on them. And on top of that I painted a soya wax pattern which I then filled in with a dark purplish mixture, creating a dark mandala in stark contrast to the soft abstract pattern underneath.

So I’m going to pick up now where I left off from.

The last photo you saw was of me standing in front of the completed waxed and painted piece. This was the one you can see here. I removed the artwork from the frame and undertook a big ironing job. I laid a few sheets of newspaper on the ironing board, then some kitchen crepe, the silk and then some more kitchen crepe. It’s really important to stop the melted wax from seeping through onto your ironing board.

Piece by piece I ironed out most of the wax before rolling it up for steaming for 3 hours to fix the dyes. When the steaming was over, I lifted out the roll of paper and it was drenched with wax. I then removed and washed the silk in some warm water with shampoo in it and rinsed until the water turned clear.

The embroidered silk beside the unsteamed handpainted silk

Next step was to iron it while still wet and then just hang up.

Okay, that was my handpainted panel finished. The next stage was adding panels left and right of some lovely embroidered silk I had bought a few years earlier. I pinned these on and sewed them up before giving the whole piece a good ironing.

The steamed silk painting lying out to cool

You can see the full width of it in this picture. I must admit, it’s turned out just exactly the way I had hoped it would. So all I need to do is turn up the hem and attach a hanger across the top. I had been hoping to show you the piece hanging here, but I haven’t found a pole I really love yet.

The silk wallhanging complete with embroidered panels

But as soon as I do, I’ll share the final look with you. I’m just thinking how nice it would be to create some lovely cushions to go with this. Maybe a project for later.

If you enjoyed reading about this process, I’d love your feedback. And if you’d love me to create something especially for your home, please contact me and we can discuss the details. Thank you.

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4 Responses to How to Have Fun with Soya Wax and Silk Painting (Part 2)

  1. Absolutely beautiful, Fiona. I love the palette and design.

  2. Donna McCord says:

    Stunning! as always, I am blown away by your beautiful creations!

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      That’s so lovely of you Donna. Thank you for your heart-felt appreciation. And the lovely part of it all is that I don’t really think these things up. They just come as they want to. Through me. And it’s my lovely job to be there and let them manifest. x

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