A Frequently Asked Question I hear is: “Teena, which is the best silk to buy for silk painting?”
I prefer the one which is easiest for newcomers to silk painting, and can be found pretty much everywhere :-)
White Habotai (also known as Jap Silk) is the best silk to start painting on — it’s a tight weave and fine enough for the beautiful silk dyes to spread quickly across its surface.
Thicker silks will absorb a lot more silk dye, which makes them less cost-effective for a beginner.
Habotai is quite inexpensive and can be used for many wonderful silk projects before a beginner silk artist needs to start using other types of silk like charmeuse, organza, chiffon, silk crepe, silk satin etc.
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Does this answer your question about which is the best silk to buy for silk painting?
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Launching Norfolk Island Silk Painting Week with Teena Hughes 2016 — woohoo! Fantastic news! Registrations are now open for anyone who would like to fly from Brisbane to Norfolk Island for a week-long adventure where I teach silk painting over five days!
Today I answer a question regarding painting on silk, mobility and health issues — our listener suffers fatigue (tiredness), less mobility for holding paintbrushes, and cannot sit or stand for long periods of time. I came up with a suggestion on how best to still be able to do silk painting for short chunks of time. Perhaps this might help you or someone you know.
I surround myself with colour every day, as I’m sure some of you do too — I’d love to ramble about the things which make my heart sing, as I paint on silk and make gorgeous designs.
I’m testing out some more Podcast options and I think I’ve found one I like!
To test it out I’m using a previous Podcast interview with Lynne Taylor, so let me know if you have any feedback — I know Lynne’s audio isn’t very clear, but next I’ll know better how to ask my interviees which software to use. Fingers’ crossed!
Audio of Podcast 001
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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).