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Silk Painting. Crafts. What is Silk Painting?. Silk painting is creating art on fabric with silk as the canvas. History of Silk Painting. Silk painting can be traced back to the 2nd century AD in India when the 'wax resist' technique for embellishing silk was used.

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What is silk painting
What is Silk Painting?

Silk painting is creating art on fabric with silk as the canvas.


History of silk painting
History of Silk Painting

  • Silk painting can be traced back to the 2nd century AD in India when the 'wax resist' technique for embellishing silk was used.

  • The batik industry in silk flourished about 200 years later.

  • In the 1920s hand painted silk designs began to appear in France.

  • It wasn't until the 1970s that silk painting became really popular in the U.S.


Materials needed
Materials Needed:

*Resist - wax resist, gutta resist

*Dye

*Brush

*Smock - dyes will stain clothes!

*Paint cups

*Cup of Water

*Newspaper over work space

*Silk


Steps
Steps:

The Serti (closing or fence) technique:

Step 1: Prewashing your silk

Step 2: Preparing your design

Step 3: Making a Stretcher Frame

Step 4: Stretching your silk

Step 5: Applying gutta or resist

Step 6: Applying dyes or paints

Step 7: Setting/Fixing the color

Step 8: Removing clear gutta or clear water-based resist







Another example
Another example: Technique:


Another example1
another example… Technique:


Your assignment
Your assignment: Technique:

Paint a mandala design on a pre-stretched round silk.

Step 1: Come up with an original mandala design

Step 2: Transfer the design onto the pre-stretched round silk

Step 3: Trace your design with gutta or resist

Step 4: Neatly paint the design with dyes


What is a mandala
What is a mandala? Technique:

The word mandala is from Sanskrit, a classical Indian language developed over 2,300 years ago. Loosely translated to mean circle.

Mandala In Nature:

The "circle with a center" pattern is the basic structure of creation that is reflected from the micro to the macro in the world as we know it. It is a pattern found in nature and is seen in biology, geology, chemistry, physics and astronomy.

Flowers, the rings found in tree trunks and the spiraling outward and inward of a snail's shell all reflect the primal mandala pattern.



Mandalas in art and culture
Mandalas in Art and Culture: Technique:

The mandala pattern is used in many religious traditions:

The Americas: Native Americans- medicine wheels

Aztec - calendars

In Asia: The Taoist "yin-yang" symbol

Tibetan mandalas

Europe: Christian Cathedrals - Rosetta windows




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