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.
Silk painting is creating art on fabric with silk as the canvas.
*Resist - wax resist, gutta resist
*Smock - dyes will stain clothes!
*Cup of Water
*Newspaper over work space
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
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
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.
The mandala pattern is used in many religious traditions:
The Americas: Native Americans- medicine wheels
Aztec - calendars
In Asia: The Taoist "yin-yang" symbol
Europe: Christian Cathedrals - Rosetta windows