The silk painting process requires skill, patience, and attention to detail, but the final product is a unique and beautiful work of art.
SILK PAINTING PROCESS
Choose, Stretch, Paint
Select the type of silk you want to paint on, such as silk chiffon, silk satin, or silk habotai. Cut the silk to the desired size.
Use a frame or stretcher bars to stretch the silk taut.
Using a resist or gutta, draw the outline of the design onto the silk. The resist or gutta acts as a barrier to prevent the dyes or paints from spreading beyond the intended design.
Using silk dyes or paints, fill in the design. It is important to work quickly and carefully to prevent the dyes or paints from spreading beyond the resist or gutta lines.
Allow the silk to dry completely before removing the resist or gutta.
Rinse the silk in cold water to remove the resist or gutta.
Heat set the paint by ironing the silk with a hot iron or steaming it. This step ensures that the colors will not fade or wash out.
Hem the edges of the silk or add any finishing touches, such as beading or embellishments.