Before I discovered these adjustable silk painting frames, I used to use canvas stretcher bars. I had four in every size… and a pile of “mayhem” in the corner of my studio closet (ugh!). Now I just have a few of these slim adjustable strips that fit neatly into my silk painting bench (see my March 2014 video blog, “The Silk Painting Studio Storage”), and they’ll hold just about any size silk I choose to paint (for really large pieces, there are other stretching methods… but that’s another blog for another month!).
Make a sample and keep a record of each color you create.
Suppose you’re working on a silk painting of a large flower and you want it to be orange. You don’t have “The” orange in your stash of colors, so you decide to mix up a nice shade. You pour a little yellow and a little magenta dye into a cup. It’s a little too yellow; add some more magenta. Now it’s perfect! You begin painting your flower and, uh-oh, you’re running out of orange. Now, how do you re-create that exact color so you can finish your painting? If you have extra orange left over, do you throw it out or save it to possibly use in a future painting? How do you remember exactly what shade of orange it is, and how do you keep track of it? Continue reading →
Double Silk Paintings by Pamela Glose One of my favorite ways to paint silk is to use two layers of fabric in the same frame. The base layer is painted on plain-weave China (habotai) silk, and the top layer is … Continue reading →