Teena’s message to Students Online

Podcast on How to Paint on Silk with Teena HughesHello Silkworms!  This message is going out to all my Students on the Udemy site for my six hour online Silk Painting Course.  I’m new to using Udemy too – so please bear with me as I work out how to share more info with you. I’ve just made an audio file for you, but it looks like I can add it to the Udemy page. So here it is on my website.

Click the little triangle to start listening, click the two solid bars to pause.


Hope you’re having a gorgeous day wherever you are!

Ciao ciao for now,
Fri 21st June 2013

Latest News from Teena Hughes May 2013

Hello Silkworms, here’s the Latest News!

Latest News - Teena's Podcast

Welcome to today’s Latest News – I hope you’ve been painting or being creative, and filling your heart with joy and feasting your eyes on lots of gorgeous colours!

Today I’d like to tell you about some new things for you to read, watch and listen to:

Your Say on the latest news, Silkworms!

I’d love to know if you have any questions or would love to share some stories with us – or would you like to be on my upcoming Podcasts? Drop me a note in the Comments field below – and I’ll share it with everyone next time. Many thanks in advance!

The Artist’s Guide to Gutta and Wax Resist Techniques – Book Review

This week’s Book Review:

The Artist’s Guide to Gutta and Wax Resist Techniques

Guide to Gutta and Wax Resist Techniques
Click to read more at Amazon

This is one of those books that you simply must have in your Studio if you’re serious about learning how to paint on silk. Susan Louise Moyer is a legend and a lovely lady who shows so many techniques your head will be spinning :-)

And that’s a GOOD thing! Techniques included in the book are gutta, wax, alcohol and salt.

Here’s my Book Review as a video:

2:00 mins

Your Say, Silkworm!

Have you read or seen this Guide to Gutta and Wax Resist Techniques? If “Yes!”, do you have any favourite parts you’d like to share with us? Type a quick comment below for the other Silkworms to read and we can start a conversation :-)

How to use Gutta so that the dyes do not keep spreading?

Podcast on How to Paint on Silk with Teena HughesToday’s question comes from one of my subscribers, and  is an excellent one: “How to use Gutta so that the dyes do not keep spreading?”

This is my first PODCAST on this website – and if you’re wondering what a Podcast is, it’s like a radio show. I want to try this as a faster way to keep in touch with you all. For me, making a Podcast means that you can listen to me on a regular basis, and it doesn’t take several days for me to create a blog post with images, record/edit/create and publish videos etc.

Hopefully — if you like listening to this Podcast and you let me know — I’ll be able to create one of these each week.  I know I’ve tried to provide info in the past, but with all my other businesses it just became too much for me to handle — so I do apologise.

Shall we try this for a while?

Will you let me know if you like this information by Podcast? If you do, please do post a Comment below – the more people who tell me they enjoy this, the more I’ll be able to decide whether this is a great step forward as a way for me to be able to share my knowledge and tips with you.  Thanks in advance!!!

OK – here we go!  There are several things you can do to prevent the dyes from spreading across the Gutta, and you can hear about them in my very first Podcast 001:

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Don’t forget to Comment below, Silkworms! Merci beaucoup, muchas gracias!

Hellooooo Silkworms!

Silkworms! Waving to you from Melbourne Australia!

Hello my happy silk artists and lovers of silk, thought I’d make a VERY fast video and just send a quick HELLOOOOO!  It’s Sunday 7th April 2013, life a fabulous and full of joie de vivre (joy of life)!

Teena Hughes

Silkworms — Post a message below – I’d love to hear from you!

PS Silkworms — if you’re already on my mailing list, you will have received a special Coupon Code for a 50% OFF the price of my 6 Hour How To Paint On Silk Course – if you sign up, I hope you thoroughly enjoy learning tips and tricks about this wonderful amazing ancient art and technique. Enjoy!

Teena - how to paint on silk, silk artist & textile designer

Newsletter 21 October 2012

Today’s Newsletter 21 October 2012

Hi there! I have some great news for you – the new DVD Course, “How to Make Silk Cards” – is now available as an Online Course – woohoo!


View on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI6md6qXt3A

To view the latest Silk Painting Courses and DVDs:

Don’t forget to sign up for the freeee Silk Painting Membership:

Newsletter 21 October 2012 from Teena Hughes (image)Please watch the video and see all the potential silk painting courses I could make for you – follow the instructions to let me know – thank you so much!!!!

PS – almost forgot!! You can now EASILY send me a Voicemail by clicking on the “Voicemail” button down the right side of the website – can’t WAIT to hear from you!


Best way to create black lines on silk – Video 001

JoAnn asks, “What’s the best way to create black lines on silk, which will be 0.25-0.5 inch wide (0.5-1.0cm): gutta, outliner or black silk dye?”

Excellent question JoAnn – here’s a quick little video to show you some samples of my hand-painted silk scarves and why I chose the fine outliner for one (a gutta-like substance) and a thick paintbrush line on the other scarf – let me know if this doesn’t answer your question.


Prefer to watch on Youtube? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=begzqpd2Hv0

Halloween’s just around the corner!

In celebration of Halloween, I’m attaching a jpg/image of bats – this NOT to be used “exactly as is” – please download and copy parts you might want to use in a silk project, but please be aware you cannot exactly reproduce this entire image.

Creative Commons License
You are free to use these patterns as long as you keep to the rules in the following link: The patterns on this site are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution – Noncommercial – Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.

Got another question for me?

Please do let me know by :

Ciao for now, happy painting!!

Video Lesson using Thin and Thick Gutta or Outliner Lines

Joann wrote to me and wanted to know whether to use paint our gutta / outliner to create black lines in her design.

This will depend on how WIDE the line needs to be;  if it’s half an inch or 1.25cm wide, that’s way too much gutta (“gootah”) or outliner to put on the silk, so opt for paint in this case.

Whether to Use Thin and Thick Gutta or Outliner Lines?



Your Say on Using Thin and Thick Gutta Lines

Have you tried to do either of these? Did it work well for you? I’d love to hear your experience so we can all share and learn together — please post a comment below or leave a voicemail (button on the right side of the screen).

How To Make Silk Cards DVD is ready!

How To Make Silk Cards DVD by Teena Hughes is now availableGosh I’m soooo excited! I’ve finished creating the “How To Make Silk Cards” DVD and it’s now available for sale!

On the DVD I’m going to show you:

  • which items you’ll need to make your cards
  • the easiest techniques I use
  • terrific tips to save you lots of time and effort
  • great ways to present your new cards as gifts or to sell
  • how to make your very own hand-painted silk greeting cards which you might want to start using straight away because they’re so cute!
  • got a question? Let me know :-)

The Early Bird price will be for the next 7 days until all my online marketing is in place, then it will be available for $US35.00 to everyone. If you’d like to grab a deal, best get in quick before 7pm Melbourne, Australia-time next Friday 12th October (4am New York, 10am Paris).

Click to buy DVD-002 – Step-by-Step Video Will be $US35 – 7 day Early Bird Special Price $US29.99


Upcoming: The “How To Make Silk Cards” Book

And just in time for Christmas, I’ll also publish a book with the same name – fingers’ crossed I get it finished in time :-)

How To Make Silk Cards book by Teena HughesThis is something I’ve wanted to share with people for ages, because it’s a fun thing to do, not very expensive to do at home, and takes up little space.  Have you ever made your own cards? I’d love to hear about them – post a message below or pop over to the facebook page for a chat.

Ciao for now,

Hello from Teena in Melbourne

Hi there silk painting lovers! I’m sending a big “Hello from Teena!”

In case you missed my latest news, I’ve recently moved to Melbourne and am still getting organised in my new apartment :-)

Please click the video below to watch my silk tips video – and don’t forget your DISCOUNTS shown below the video – woohoo!:

View on Youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew25Fju3__I

I love my Silk Studio!

Join silk artists, textile designers and surface design artists to find silk painting supplies and resources!How are you? Have you been painting on silk or being creative since my last email? I’d love to know which projects you’re working on – if you’d like to share some photos, I’d love to put them on the website so others can share as well; that’d be fabulous! I’m settling in nicely in my new Silk Studio – I’ll post some photos soon, I promise:-)
1.  Woohoo! A New DVD is almost ready!!
I’m very excited to say that a new DVD is about to be born any day now! I’ve been working on it (and a couple of others) and I’m just about to put the finishing touches on it – woohoo! Should be in the next few days (in time for you to get painting before Christmas or even as a Christmas gift!), so I’ll send a brief email when it’s ready – I can’t wait to let you know when it’s available! And it is … drum roll please …
It will retail for $US45.00 but for my lovely Newsletter subscribers I’m offering a $5.00 discount (if you order before a certain date which will be announced in the next email), woohoo! Here’s a sample card I made with some of my silk – this is called SERENITY and is hand-painted onto habotai using French silk dyes:
2.  Last chance to get YOUR DISCOUNT on my 6 Week Silk Painting DVD Course!
If you haven’t decided yet whether to purchase the DVD and watch at your leisure in your own home, now’s your last chance to grab it at a discount.
Retail price: $US187.00
Discount price until 28th September 2012: $US147.00

3.  PS — Do you use Facebook?

I’d like to chat more with silky / arty folks on my Facebook page and would be thrilled if you popped over there to say hello:
Let’s talk soon – I’d love to know how you’re going with your silk painting, cheerio for now!