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How to Stop Brick-Hard Gutta from Blocking Your Nibs and Keep Your Blood Pressure Down

Oh, yes. This is one that affects us all, regardless of how long we’ve been painting on silk. We take out the bottle of fresh gutta, give it a shake and then fill it into the smaller plastic bottle and fit it with a nib. And that’s us ready to go. The first lines come out beautifully smooth and easily. What a joy! However, we get called away to tend to something and forget to put the gutta bottle away … Continue reading

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How to Paint One of Those Lovely Little Silk Window Pictures in a Flash

As many of you who have seen my work will know, I am rather fond of those lovely little round silk window pictures. They really are so handy as presents and relatively easy to work with. I just wanted to share with you a few tips on creating your own beautiful works of art using one of these premade silk discs. Some of you have asked me how I manage to glue the silk onto the metal hoop. Truth is, … Continue reading

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What’s Better – Silk Paint or Silk Dye?

The bottom line here is that there is no right or wrong answer. It’s important for you to know the difference between the two and then be able to make your own decision on which to use. I’m sure you’ve heard that only the professionals use the silk dyes and the beginners use the paints. Well, that’s no really true. There are many so-called professionals who heat-fix their paints on silk, just as there are many starting out who prefer … Continue reading

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Making a Silk Cushion: experimenting with gutta

Just recently I played around with an idea and so I wanted to share it with you here in this article. I had bought some off-cuts from a bridal shop a while back (which is an excellent tip by the way 🙂  and wasn’t quite sure what to make them all into. I don’t know about you, but I adore fabrics. Especially gorgeous, brightly coloured ones. Whenever I go into a shop where there are shelves of silks, cottons, etc. … Continue reading

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Resist Technique – How to Put Gutta on Silk Without it Flooding

Okay, once you’ve decided which type of gutta to buy,what on earth do you do with it? Knowing how to put gutta on silk is not as easy as it looks but with a bit of practice and some useful tips, it should all start to flow a bit better. If you’ve had a look at my post on which type of gutta to choose, then hopefully you’ve invested in some gutta that you’re happy with. Now you may have … Continue reading

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Gutta For Silk Painting – What’s the Best Kind to Use?

When you’re starting out with silk painting it’s hard to know which materials to go for. Yes, there are many books and sites out there telling you which brands to go for but often they have a vested interest in promoting one over the other. So this post is just going to take a look at the pro’s and con’s of gutta for silk painting and leave the choice up to you. I was just wondering how many of you … Continue reading

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