Silk paints has strong and vibrant colours, it's easy to use because they
are washable and easy to dry. The combination of the silk itself and the
brilliant colours of the silk paints can create stunning and beautiful
Painting on silk is quite different from any other type of fabric painting. There are few techniques that needs to be follow in order to
create high quality products. Silk paints and dyes are translucent, like
the thicker types of fabric paints, they sink into the fibres rather
than sit on the surface.
Silk painting by the serti method requires that the silk be stretched
tautly on a frame so that a resist called 'gutta', can be drawn on to it
to outline a design. This stops the paint from bleeding beyond the
designs so that separately coloured areas can be formed.
Silk painting was originated in China, when silk weaving was introduced
to France centuries ago. It has been forgotten and was revived in this
Silk painting of this kind has been in Australia since the late 1970s.
In the last ten years it has gone from rarely seen craft to an epidemic
of nationwide proportions. One of the reasons for this is that it is so
easy to obtain a satisfying result.