Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Simply Sensational Scarves

This is the second class I will be teaching at Artist Expo in Houston - July 16-20. Silk is sometimes considered a difficult medium to do with all the prep, then steaming to set the colors at the end of the painting process. The dye I use for this technique is a protein based dye that grabs the silk very quickly. It is perfect for a great variety of free form patterns and is very easy clean-up. The best part - no steaming!! After the dye adheres (the residual water is clear) simply roll the silk in a towel to remove as much water as possible and then iron dry. The ironing part is not to set the colors but to remove the wrinkles. Ironing while damp makes it much easier to have smooth silk at the end. This is too much fun!

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