You will probably see this same title several times. One of the art styles that I am working with is Silk Paining which is also referred to as wearable art. I had to work with the frames that I had at home. I had a frame for 11" silk handkerchiefs (but I was out of the white silks.) I also had a frame for an 8" X 60" scarf and the boards to make a frame for my 35" silks. I decided to practice on the 8" X 60" scarf. Notice the frame is made up of cardboard. It is 3 layers of cardboard nested together (horizontal, vertical, then horizontal).
|Wet silk stretched|
I soaked the white silk before starting. I wanted to do more of a blended color with some pops of color but something that could be worn with a more colorful shirt and not clash with the shirt. I didn't have any particular shirt in mind.
The key to working with blending was to get everything done before the silk dries. I had to flip the frame over several times. I took a risk and I took a spray bottle an gave it a good spray down half-way through. (I stepped out into the three-season porch.)
|Silk in color set process|
Depending on the dyes that you use, there are different ways to set the colors. The dyes I use require a chemical set in cold water. I was a little scared when I saw the water starting to turn blue. I thought I was losing all of my additional color.
|Silk hanging to dry|
Doesn't everyone hang their drying clothes over the kitchen sink from the cupboard above? The 12:17 from the clock on the wall is AM just in case you are wondering. It isn't uncommon for me to stay up too late at night.
|Dried Painted Silk|
In controversy at lunch the next day, 12:10 PM, I took the photo of the dried scarf. Since lighting is everything, I took it to the main entrance and hung it on the screen door. I got lucky and the sun was out for those couple of minutes. Although I liked the way it turned out, I was expecting it to be a little more vibrant. I guess that I used too much water as I worked the colors.
|Finished silk in sunlight|
As I practice more, I will share the pieces with you. One thing you need to know about art is that it takes a lot of work trying to figure out the right technique. And just when you think that you have it, something surprises you.