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Tag Archives: silk mandalas
We all have our habits and one of mine in silk painting is always to use the little plastic bottles with nibs for drawing my resist lines. I’ve never liked the tubes. It’s just one of those things. But a few days ago I realised I was going to have to order some more gold resist as I have a silk painting workshop coming up and saw that I didn’t have enough for the participants. So I went online and … Continue reading
As most of you will be aware we are not allowed to express our joy and gratitude on Facebook by offering thank you gifts in return for support we have had from all of you over the months and years. For this reason I am inviting you to come and visit my blog as an independent space to let you know how thrilled I am that my Silkandart page has grown to over 1,000 ‘Likes’. It’s so lovely to see … Continue reading
I’m sure every one of you reading this post is already familiar with the news about the upcoming Venus Transit on June 5th/6th 2012. But I wanted to share with you a beautiful story I have around this Transit and how it links in with my mandala artwork. Just before I tell you about the painting I’d like to fill in a little of the background information surrounding the transit in case any of you don’t know. I’m not an … Continue reading
It’s always such a joy to see new followers on my Silkandart Facebook Page and I am full of gratitude for every one of you that comes and visits and gives support and suggestions. And just recently we topped 800 followers which was so amazing. Just a year ago I was seriously thinking of closing down the page and doing something new. I’m so glad I didn’t. Big thanks for Ann Evanston‘s support on that one. So here we are … Continue reading
I received my first samples of fluorescent dyes quite a while back from a lovely silk painter colleague of mine, Don Baker, and I must admit that they got put on the shelf with fabulous intentions…. It was only recently when someone shared a really vibrant photo on Facebook that looked luminous that Don suggested I have a go painting something similar with the dyes. That was my challenge which I took immediately. So after buying some distilled water, I … Continue reading
A tjanting is this amazing little tool you can see in the photo below and it is used traditionally in Indonesia to create beautiful patterns on fabric using melted wax. Some of you will know that I treated myself to a tjanting a few weeks ago after eyeing them for a while. And the bottom line is that I’m so glad I did as I love it! So I’m going to share with you how I went about using it … Continue reading
How many of you sigh when you hear the words “silk painting” and think that it’s something that you’re going to have to dig deep into your pocket for? Well, in a way you could be right but actually you might be quite relieved to hear that it’s possible to create some fabulous work without having to break the bank. This article is going to talk you through how to do silk painting on a shoe string budget. And this … Continue reading
Well, I did it again. I attended an art fair over the weekend and it was the first one in quite some time. In fact, it was the first one I’ve attended since we moved away from Ireland so I was dipping my toes into a new area, namely the Bristol arts and crafts market. They always say that you should never participate in any show or fair untiil you’ve been there as a visitor first. And there’s really something … Continue reading
I often get asked by people which is the most suitable silk quality to use for silk painting. What I am sharing with you here is based on my personal experience over the years. Generally light-weight silks are used for all silk painting and crafts. You would look for a medium-weight or heavy-weight if you wanted to make some quality, long-wearing clothing, such as a bride’s dress or a suit. I will be looking at silk weights in another post. … Continue reading