Welcome to the exciting world of silk painting! In this foundation workshop from leading author and instructor Jill Kennedy we explore the most in demand techniques as well as some wonderful methods you are surely to enjoy in your work.
Jill begins with the basics in this step-by-step workshop discussing all the tools and materials you need to set up. Whereas silk paints can be a little limited in what you can do with them, Jill explains how silk dyes offer even the beginner the opportunity to create one of a kind works of art that are sure to please.
Beginning with water, Jill shows how you can produce vibrant colorful imagery on your silk with just water and dye. Allowing the water to move the dyes, the results are a watery effect that produces soft lines and blended colors similar to water coloring. Perfect for a variety of imagery and backgrounds.
Jill moves on to work with alcohol, showing how using ordinary surgical spirits or rubbing alcohol you can buy from a pharmacy will cause the dyes to form hard lines and edges (in contrast to the flowing and softer lines from working with water).
While water tends to blend the dyes, placing large crystals of (rock) salt on the wet dyes pulls the dye molecules towards the salt producing incredible effects.
When we think of Silk Painting we often think of gutta, a
rubbery material that creates a resist line to paint inside and around. Jill explores a variety of projects with Gutta in combination with other techniques.
Wax is another popular resist method, and can be used to not only create a barrier line as with gutta, but can be used to hold large areas of color to produce more traditional 'batik' like results.
Jill Kennedy has over 25 years experience as a textile artist. She studied art & design at University in Bristol (UK) and at Illinois University (USA). For many years Jill taught Art and Textiles until she became a commissioned artist specializing in original works in Batik and Silk Painting. Jill has published five books on silk painting and numerous videos and DVDs.
Jill work has exhibited in a variety of exhibitions in the UK, Belgium and the USA. She has taught and been featured in the textile area at Art in Action, Waterperry, England for several years. Jill has lectured at many large shows including Olympia Hall and Alexandra Palace (London). In 1999 she juried the Art show at the International Guild of Silk Painters in Washington, DC.
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