Every now and then I like to post photos of the various tools and pieces of equipment I have on my Facebook Page for Silkandart.
Just recently I posted a photo of a 5 pronged brush I had bought a while back and most people recognised it but not many had used it. Someone asked me to share some ideas of how to use it and so today I took the challenge.
One thing I wanted to mention first is that this brush has hard bristles, unlike the softer squirrel hair ones that hold a lot of dye in their belly. I also find that this brush loses its bristles easily and you have to pull them out with their fingers as they detach themselves and then just hang there on the brush.
But having said that, they are very useful for achieving rather nice strokes.
I made this short video demonstrating how to use it to good effect.
The important things to remember is that if you use the dye or paint straight out of the tub, it will simply flow freely on the silk in watercolour effect.
The trick is to apply some kind of starch or watercolour base to the fabric, let that dry and then work with the brush.
As I said in the video, you can also try adding different substances to the dyes themselves to ensure that the strokes you paint keep their structure.
I’d love to hear if you’ve tried this out and what sort of results you got. Perhaps you could even send me a picture and I will post it on my page. Looking forward to hearing from you.