Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Colouring silk 10, finish the painting

This is a finished piece.

I took this phote under sunshine. It was almost the true colour as it is.

As you can see, the colour was not totally dried. The whole process of painting this piece of silk took 15 minutes.

Ususally, I provide students with the outlined silk for exercise. I do not do colour chart exercise. I let people play around with colour on the pre-outlined silk.

After this resultful colouring exercise, students go to the second stage of silk painting - gutta serti technique.

If you are interested in getting a piece of pre outlined silk, write me an email. Thank you.

Colouring silk 9, correct mistake

I often have some Q tip handy to correct mistakes if any.

Here, the Q tip absorbed the excess background dye which might eventually go into the green leaf.

Colouring silk 8, paint the background

I applied a lot of water and very light diluted dye to colour the background. I would like to background compromise the strong colour of the flower.

Colouring silk 7, colour the whole flower

Colouring silk 6, wash other painted petals

In this way, I washed all the petals. The colour trasition was not even yet. A few minutes later, when the dye dried up, it would change.

I could not predict how extactly it would look like. However, everything was happening as I planned. This was a relatively controled piece.

Being a teacher, I usually do demo of the technique that I know. (Boring, isn't it? I don't want to lose face in front of people.)

Colouring silk 5, wash the painted petal

This time, I used a brush with water only (no colour) , to go over the painted petal. The dark purple was not fixed. It flew with the water and created a natural transition between dark purple and white. The longer you wash with your water brush, the less the difference between the two colours.

Colouring silk 4, painting dark purple on the petal

Use dry brush so the colour does not run freely. I want to
leave some dry white area to show the colour change in the petal.

Colouring silk 3, first brush of colour

I'm feeling purple today. I applied some purple dye left over from month ago and painted my first strokes along the edge of the flower petal.

The purple has been there long. It is extra intense colour.

Colouring silk 2, strech silk hankie with pushpin

Colouring silk 1, preparing the box

This is a fruit box. I cover the edge with masking tape to later reuse.

Start silk painting 4, painting on kitchen countertop

This was how I worked in winter, before I put a big table in our garage. I covered the kitchen counter top with newspaper, and stretch my silk onto fruit box. It worked effectively well. I never had enough reason to buy a frame.

Start silk painting 3, applying colour

This piece was done at Forestville shopping village in Sydney north shores. I was doing a silk painting demo in the street. People were surprised to see how simple and quick it could be finished. I worked on it about 10 minutes. The rest was done by the sun. It dried the silk beautifully and naturally. I didn't expect it came out such a bright colour.

Start silk painting 2, outlining with gutta serti

Outline your sketch with gutta serti on silk. gutta, (Frehch, a drop), serti (French, enclosure). Gutta serti means a liquid that outlines an enclosure so that the colour will stay within the boundary defined by the gutta.

Start silk painting 1, sketching

Measure the size of your silk.

Using a dark pen or pencil to draw a sketch of what you want to paint. This does not need to be accurate. Free hand gives it a more lively feeling.

Try to avoid to much fine details and fine lines. They are not easy for your next step - outline with gutta serti.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Silk chiffon scarves

This is a cluster of 4 pieces of chiffon scarves.

This light and trasparent chiffon silk is particularly good for the bright
Australian sunshine.

Scarf Casablanca

Silk chiffon scarf, 15 x 72inch, or 38 x220cm
This scarf was made before I attended our school annual gala, the theme was Casablanca. I designed this mosaic style background, arch gate, desert moon and evergreen wild flower.

My new home in Australia

Silk painting, framed 29cm x 29cm or 11 x 11inch

This piece of silk was finished at the "Meet the Artist" event with a group of enthusiastic friends watching over my shoulder. The artistic expression of the Stewart Family gives this work a brand new dimension.

I would like, with great honour, to dedicate this piece of work to Artique Café of Killarney Heights.

May this loving moment be our sweet memory.

Once in a blue moon

Silk painting, framed, 9 x 9 inch, or 25cm x 25cm.

I started this piece of work two years ago when I was in California. I drew the outline with gutta serti and painted with colour. For some reason, I couldn't find the feeling so I put it aside.

Living in Sydney with bright Australian sunshine everyday, I came to miss the cool snow in the other continents where I used to live. In a burning hot afternoon, I dipped my brush in the mysterious purple and serene blue. There it came - Once in a blue moon.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

My children did silk painting

My children Manuel (6 at that time) and Leo (3 then) did a piece of silk painting.

I first outlined a lotus flower with silver gutta. Then I pinned this hankie scarf (9 x 9inch or 25 x 25cm) to a paper carton. Voila, boys played around with colours.
It took 10 minutes for them to finish the painting. However, preparing and cleaning their hands took me the heck of time.