Saturday, December 27, 2008

Beginning over!

In the year 2008 I decided to devote my art to silk painting.  I had dabbled in this art here and there, and was slowly gathering the supplies I wanted, but I decided to get serious about it and really experiment and learn.  I will be showing many of my silk pieces; some are in new homes, some are still with me.  Let me know if any interest you. 

Friday, December 26, 2008

Silks by Jill

We start with white silk from China. The silk is washed and then stretched on stretcher bars.  Now we draw an image with a water-based resist or a gutta (which has to be removed by dry cleaning).  Once the image is drawn and dry, we paint.  The dye flows silkily to the edges of the resist.  Shading and many other techniques can be added.  I often work calligraphy/lettering into the design.  This painting is intended to hang as a piece of art, 35" x 35".