Laguna Beach in Silk
Image Size 20" x 20"
Silk dyes on silkMy silk painting demo last week went well. I really enjoyed it and I hope everyone else did also. I didn't do much actual painting. There was so much information to give them so I painted a sky using the watercolor technique (on a different painting) and did some color blending in a couple of other areas. Mostly, when the resist lines are used on silk, painting the piece is like 'filling in the blanks' and I know anyone new to silk paintings can do that on their own. I described what to do and how the silk dyes would react but didn't want to waste time having them watch something so simplistic.
I took this painting to work on with the sky and border already painted so that they could see a finished sky and an example of the texture on this border but I worked on another painting that I had done the resist on but not any painting. You'll probably see it finished in a week or so.
The border texture in this painting was achieved by adding alcohol after the dyes had dried. The texture in the foliage is a combination of salt being added to wet dye and alcohol being added when the area was dry. I tried to demonstrate how salt reacts with the dyes but it was so dry here (5% humidity) that the dyes dried before I could add the salt. Luckily, most of the people watching were watercolorists so they were familiar with using salt. This painting hasn't been steamed yet and its just pinned to a board. After it's steamed, the white lines will be more distinct and I can stretch it so that the borders are even.
I've used this image many times but never in silk and since it's one of my favorite spots, I had to use it again. I think it translates nicely to silk.