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    Silk painting...who does it?

    I paint on fabric, using dyes, or dye-na-flow, but want to try my hand at painting some silk scarves!
    Does anyone here paint on silk?

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    NO, but i saw some on quilting arts it looks beautiful would like to try it but have to many irons in fire right now let us know how it works out if you do I am making some scarves right now but had not thought of the thread painting check out youtube i watched some one else do it lately i think that is where i saw it. i might jsut have to go check that out again as i did just cut some scarves today but i used chiffon and organza The only fabric paint i have is what donna dewberry uses i think the dyes would be beautiful
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    I painted on silk many years ago. It was a lot of fun!

    What I remember, though, is that it is somewhat tricky to set the dyes in silk; otherwise they wash up as pastels. Setting requires a specialized steaming process. I knew someone who did the steaming at home (she was making silk scarves for sale at a Waldorf school); I believe it required rolling the silks in newsprint and had to steam the silks for a couple of hours.

    At one time I took a class and used paints that could be heat set with an iron. Used resist to keep the colors separate.

    Unfortunately, I do not remember any of the brand names anymore.

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    if you visit Dharma Trading company they have lots of free information- instructions and everything you need to (learn) dyeing silks- they even have Batik beginner's kits to make your own batiks- if you order dye from them they even send you a free 50" long silk scarf to paint-or dye--i've been (shopping) with Dharma for many years they are a great company with great customer service- and lots of free help- i recommend starting there.
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    I do silk painting Jacquie. I use Seta Silk dye and it is very easy to use. Just paint it on wait till it dries and iron it with a warm iron and the paint is set. I make banners for the church with silk (actually Bem silk, which is the silky material used for lining in clothes.) The dye I use is water soluable (mix with water to get a softer, more pastel shade). You do have to apply a resist if you are painting a pic or design. A resist is an outline that stops the colour from spreading into sections of your painting where you don't want it. I use a fabric paint, usually gold glitter to outline my design and when that is dry simply paint the sections in the colours you want. When it is dry simply iron to set the dye. There are some great techniques to use with silk , like applying salt to the wet dye and leaving it on till it dries. Or applying two colours and allowing them to blend.
    My technique for scarves is to wet the scarfe, then drip different colours all over the scarfe and allow the paints to run and blend then I sprinkle salt over some parts of the scarfe (maybe the ends) and leave it to dry. Then I remove the salt and 'paint' a design with gold glitter fabric paint on a small section and leave that to dry. Then just iron, and hand wash in gentle suds, dry and iron again. Comes out lovely and soft.
    I hope you give it a try. You can PM me if you need any further information.
    Oh BTW there is a method using textas and alcohol for painting silk too.
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    Here you go One of my banners done in silk.

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    I am going to use Jacquard silk paint and SetaSilk from Pebeo. AND a Gutta resist from Pebeo as well. I was watching Jill Kennedy on youtube and she makes it look SOOOOOO easy....I can't wait for my stuff to arrive so I can PLAY!

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    [QUOTE=Mrs B;4987878]Here you go One of my banners done in silk.

    That is just lovely, thanks for sharing!

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