Three reasons why your silk dyes might flow through your gutta lines


Hot pink and lime green silk dyes handpainted by Teena Hughes

I got a call from Penelope recently who was rather stressed out that her dyes kept flowing OVER the gutta lines, so I shared three possibilities with her for when this might happen:

  1. the gutta line is way too thin (hold the silk up to the light before painting, to check if there are any gaps in the line for the silk to bleed through)
  2. there is too much dye on the paintbrush which ends up flooding the silk and over the gutta line
  3. the dyes may have been watered down and flowed over the gutta line
  4. bonus — I also thought of a 4th reason — the paintbrush may have accidentally touched the silk on the OTHER side of the gutta.

It does takes time, patience and practice to perfect this, but don’t worry or be disheartened — in no time at all you’ll be painting like a professional!

Have amazing fun and don’t let the little challenges get in the way,

More soon,

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


Here are some of my wonderful students!!

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2 thoughts on “Three reasons why your silk dyes might flow through your gutta lines

  1. Teena
    Can I have the dates for the March workshop near Brisbane .
    And if you are in Sydney for a workshop/practical I would be very keen.
    Lea Warburton

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