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.
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
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.