Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Butterfly Painted on Silk

We thought you may like to see how the butterfly in the previous post turned out.  The clear outliner, which acts as a barrier, was applied by following the lines traced with the autofade pen.  The moisture from the outliner makes the ink from the autofade pen start to disappear.

It is important to make sure that all the outlines are joined up so that the paint remains contained within the outline.  The outliner needs also to have fully penetrated the fabric, hold the silk fabric up to the light to check this.

The Deka Silk paint is very fluid and quickly spreads the moment the brush touches the fabric and the outliner stops the paint in its tracks.

Additional applications of paint will intensify and deepen the colours.


The finished silk painting, with flaws. You need to work quickly when painting large areas in one colour, the green paint looks blotchy where it has been painted over and begun to dry. Use a large brush and work confidently, the wet paint will find the gutta outlines by itself. Sprinkling salt on the wet paint will add patterning to disguise blotches, as will drops of water. Alternatively, paint over with another colour.  The silk paint is made washfast on the fabric by heat setting with a hot iron.

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