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Playing with Color: Painting Silk

Mom has always been the color goddess. She just has a sense about those things. That’s why I was a little¬†apprehensive¬†trying my hand at silk painting, but with a little help I’m addicted. It wasn’t easy, but it was so much fun to see color combinations come to life on the silk, and worth the time it took for the amazing results. Here’s a little photo diary of the process:

hand-painted silk
The dye
Painting Silk
A pink base
Painting Silk
Adding color
Painting Silk

Painting Silk
Flower garden inspiration
Painting Silk
A microwave dedicated to dying

Painting Silk
Rinsing the silk
Painting Silk
Final products

Painting Silk

6 Responses to Playing with Color: Painting Silk

  1. Susan Szwakop McHenry - Reply

    March 25, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    How does it go from being dull to so vibrant?

    • claudiachase - Reply

      March 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Maybe the photographs gave you that impression. In real life, there isn’t much change for the painting stage to the drying stage. If anything, the color gets a little richer when dried.

  2. Janie - Reply

    March 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Isn’t it fun! What did you do after it dried, skein it, ball it or what?

  3. Elena Zuyok - Reply

    March 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    They’ll go onto bobbins from here.

  4. Karen K. - Reply

    March 26, 2013 at 5:21 am

    I see the dye is from Dharma Trading but what type do you like to use? Is it exclusively for silk fibers or can anything be used?

    • claudiachase - Reply

      March 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      We use acid dyes which work on protein fibers such as silk and wool.

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