How to Make a Wood Frame with Acrylic Glazing, Part 1: The Frame

The power tools we’ll be using to make the frame are:

table saw
miter saw
nail gun with compressor and 18-gauge finish nails
palm sander

Framing materials are:

2 x 2 clear pine boards (no knots). Keep in mind that the actual measurements will be more like 1 1/2 x 1 1/2.
1/16 inch clear acrylic (we’re using non-glare)
3/16 inch plywood (optional)

When calculating the measurements for your frame, You’ll have to figure out how many feet of 2 x 2″ pine board you’ll need to accommodate your art. Continue reading

How to Stretch Silk for Painting Using Hariki and Shinshi

Links mentioned in video:

John Marshall’s website:

Making and Assembling an Adjustable Silk Painting Frame

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!).

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How to Display Your Silk Painting: The “Gallery Wrap”

Silk can be displayed in many ways. It can be framed under glass or plexiglass, made into clothing or wall hangings, or wrapped around a shallow box or canvas stretcher bars in a gallery wrap.

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Silk Painting Dyes: Making New Colors and Keeping Records

Color sample cut from silk and taped onto info card

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