The Silk Painting Process

Design & Paint Black Lines

Unique & Personally Created

Firstly a design is needed, either in my head or pre drawn on paper. Often I will work from my own photos, but it’s all done free-hand.

The design is drawn onto the silk; a steady hand is needed as mistakes cannot be undone!

Then I paint the black or gold outlines, working from the front of the scene to the back.

Add Colour & Heatset

Careful & Methodical

The silk with the black handpainted outlines is dried for 6 hours and heatset. Once it’s totally dry, I can add the colours, layer upon layer until I am happy. I will play with the colours, maybe adding chemicals or water for different effects.

Another 6 hours drying, and then any touch-ups or special effects can be done.

I usually let the silk rest for at least a day or two before the final stage which is steaming to heat-set the colours

Finishing touches

Ready For You

Finally the piece is rolled up into a tube and then goes into a commercial steamer for half a day, to set the colours & prevent fading.

Then the silk is washed to remove any residual chemicals, and pressed.

It’s now ready for the customer.

Stretching & framing is done by your local framer of choice. The paintings come with framing suggestions.

Commissioned Pieces & Originals

Have a look at my website here for a small selection of originals available –there are always more. Just use the tabs above to navigate the pages. Please contact me direct if you are after something in particular. I often paint special scenes for each area I sell in, making the images relevant to the area, and to the local customers.

My waiting list for originals varies each month, usually it takes a minimum of two months to paint an original but sometimes when I’m super busy it can be up to 10 months.

I also do paint commissions, as long as I am given reasonable artistic license, but happy to base anything on your own ideas or photos or perhaps one of my own designs as shown on this site. All production rights are fully reserved and the copyright of each image is fully retained by me, whether commissioned or not. I may make prints and cards from a commissioned piece, at my discretion. A commissioned piece does not cost any more than a regular original, but do look at my print page here first and get an idea of what I do and don’t paint – I don’t paint pets or people or cars for example.

You are welcome to select any image off my site and ask me to paint something similar. I am limited by the size of the silk and the frames I stretch it on for painting, so I can only paint the following sizes.
Prices for unframed, unmounted, commissioned silk originals  – loose silk only – prices are a guide only:
$195 for 50cm x 50cm, $235 for 29cm x 82cm $295 for 52cm x 82cm, $395 for 90cm x 90cm.
Sizes are approximate only, there is also always a rough “bleed” edge on all sides.
Email me to order something special, or maybe chose something ready made?

I Hope You Enjoy My Work!

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