How To Paint On Silk – Photo Gallery [Video]

Here is a small selection of photos in a Photo Gallery video — in some of the photos I am showing people how to paint on silk, in other photos the designs have been created by my gorgeously talented students in one of my How To Paint On Silk Workshops.

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What is gutta?

Ever wondered, “What is gutta?”

If you’re starting to learn about silk painting, you will be hearing or seeing the word “gutta” (which is pronounced “gootah”).  It’s on of the traditional products used for thousands of years and was originally made by collecting the sap from specific trees, then turning it into a liquid form which could be squeezed through nibs attached to plastic squeeze bottles.

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Ancient Chinese Ink Painting on Silk

I’ve just watched this amazing video of the ancient techniques used in silk painting for many hundreds of years, and I thought you might enjoy it too!

The patience required for painting on silk in those centuries was extraordinary, and the artisans were so skilled with such detailed fine work – amazing!

Have you come across any videos online about silk painting which you’d like to share? Do please let me know – thanks in advance!


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
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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:

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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!

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).

Inspirational Silk Painting from Nature – Book Review

Inspirational Silk Painting from Nature – Today’s Book Review

Inspirational Silk Painting from Nature - Book Review by Teena HughesRenate Henge wrote “Inspirational Silk Painting from Nature” in German in 1988, and it was soon translated into English to become a well-known book for all budding silk artists.

Renate takes us on a journey and talks about finding the inspiration for our painting everywhere we look, and especially in nature. Liberal uses of water on silk paintings can turn them from stark shapes to suggestions of mountains, forests, lakes and more. Creating rain drops on a landscape can be easily achieved using several different techniques.

But be prepared to go with the flow – experiementing with silk painting can bring unexpected results, and so it’s important to have an open mind to allow the possibilities to take shape and form. Another great point made is that it’s absolutely possible to put a silk painting aside and come back to it later to add more dyes, water, other elements to enhance the original painting.

Summary: Inspirational Silk Painting from Nature

Some of the photos are obviously quite old in this 25 year old book, but the concepts and the techniques are still very much in use today. It’s a great little book and one worthy of being in your silk painting library. It might be a bit hard to find, but I did locate a few copies on Amazon:
Click to review / buy from Amazon: Inspirational Silk Painting from Nature >>


New Free Membership is launched!

The New Free Membership is launched today

Free Membership - Silk Painting - student showing her silk scarf

Above: a Student with her handpainted silk design

I’m so very proud to advise that I’ve opened the doors to my new Membership level, which is free membership to parts of my silk painting Members’ website.

This is the second Membership Level launched since November 2011, when I opened the first Online Silk Painting 6 Week Membership Course.

At the end of the six weeks of training on how to paint on silk, I can now encourage the Students to sign up for the Free Membership level so they can keep involved with my latest news and new silk painting course updates.

I’m very pleased with the progress of this Membership site, and today I’ve launched 3 Modules inside this new free Membership:

  • Blog
  • Video Tutorials, and
  • Calendar of Events.

I will soon be launching other Modules:

  • Articles
  • Audio Lessons, and
  • Book Reviews & Recommendations.

I look forward to creating a community where other silk artists – new and experienced, can join the conversation and inspire each other.