The whole process of painting on silk is an amazing meditation but there’s always a really magical moment when I lift the package with my silks out of the steamer after they’ve been hanging in there for 3 hours.
I roll them up beforehand in paper around a long pole and suspend that in a long horizontal metal steamer with water in the bottom. Then I set the thermostat and let them cook for 3 hours in their beauty sauna.
Putting the roll on the table and then pulling off the masking tape is always a moment filled with such anticipation.
Just a few days ago I had the pleasure of doing that again and so I decided to make a video of the experience and share it with you.
Just a couple of words about the steaming. When you’ve painted a piece of silk artwork, the dyes are not permanent in the fabric and if you were to expose it to water, the colours would all run out. So by putting the silk wrapped up in paper into a steam bath for 3 hours, this ensures that the chemical process of bonding happens so that the dyes are both light and washfast.
If you have used paints, they need to be heat fixed. Either way, always make sure you read the instructions on the bottle to be certain of the fixing process.
And above all enjoy.
I love doing all sorts of commission work so if you’d like me to create a piece of silk artwork for you for any creative project you have in mind, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll take it from there.