Silk paints can be used with a variety of mediums to create differing effects on the fabric:
Silk fabric is very absorbent and the fluid paint spreads across the fabric quickly. A primer or anti-spread is used to treat the silk fabric so that the flow of paint is inhibited, allowing free-hand water colour painting techniques. Stretch out the fabric and pin to a frame before applying the primer with a wide brush. Allow to dry before painting.
Outliner has a thicker consistency than paint and is used to create a barrier to prevent dye colours and paints from running into each other while painting on silk. Outliners are available in pipette tubes with applicator tips, or in jars which can be decanted into applicator bottles. Draw out your design with an autofade pen and trace over the lines with the outliner. Make sure the outliner penetrates through to the other side of the fabric and that each of the boundaries are complete i.e. if you are drawing a leaf, the outline should join up so that paint does not leak beyond the outline. Outliners can be clear or come in a range of colours.
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This paint contains a greater concentration of pigment and is used to pick out areas in a painting such as the crest of a wave or a glint of sunshine.
Combine mix-white with silk paints to create pastel shades without loss of hue. The colours are more opaque than those created with thinner or water.
Deka Clear Medium
Paint colours diluted with water become more transparent and because they have been diluted, contain less fixative. The clear medium helps to diffuse these diluted colours and fix them on the silk fabric.
The large crystals of salt absorb wet silk paint creating interesting patterning on the fabric.
Use water to create transparent shades (see Deka Clear Medium above), drop onto wet paint to make it travel outwards, or to dampen fabric before painting to make the paint spread further.
|Effects Salt and water have created this exciting patterning|