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A Complete Guide to Silk Painting by Susanne Hahn is the definitive guide to silk painting with its unique treasury of ideas, designs and techniques. It takes you step-by-step through the different techniques of this fascinating art including beautiful color illustrations . Advice on materials and equipment as well as many ideas for gift and home-furnishing projects, wallhangings, pictures and designer clothing are included.

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Cover Silk Painting

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A Complete Guide to Silk Painting

Author: Susanne Hahn
Pages: 135
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Publisher: Search Press
Cover: Soft
Item Code: 4Q0235
Weight: 1.3lb

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This definitive guide to silk painting is a unique treasury of ideas, designs and techniques that follows the "Silk Road" of discovery from fiber through to fabric, and takes you, step-by-step, through the different techniques of this fascinating art. Inside, you will find beautiful color illustrations detailing the history of the silk trade in Asia and Europe and the development of the modern silk-making process.

There is also information and advice on materials and equipment, and many ideas for gift and home-furnishing projects, as well as examples of wallhangings, pictures and designer clothing.

From the Author

Painting on silk is now an extremely popular art form and you can find a wide range of beautiful and exciting designs in high-class gift and fashion stores, or at most craft fairs.

Painting on silk is almost as old as the discovery of silk as a fabric, so the book begins with a brief resume of its historical background and then gives details of the incredible natural fiber, such as how it is obtained and processed. This is followed by a detailed account of the equipment and materials required for painting on silk. The book closed with a gallery of exciting contemporary creations by leading silk artists.

I do hope that I will succeed in inspiring others with some small part of my own enthusiasm for the subject.


Table of Contents

Introduction 6
History of painting on silk 7
Asia - Europe 8-15
Silk - a natural material 17
Discovery of silk 18
Silkworms 20
Mulberry Silk 21
Wild Silk 22
Silk Fibers 23
From Fiber to Fabric 25
Facts about silk and weaving 26
Testing colors on silk 27
A review of silk materials 28
Jacquard silk 29
Buying and caring for silk 30
Painting on silk 31
Materials and equipment 32
paints 33
Fixing Paints 34
Brushes and working area 35
Stretching the silk 36
Types of frames 38
Preparing the paints 40
Silk Painting Effects 41
Paint characteristics 41
Color blending 43
Color displacement 44
Salt technique 48
Outlining agents 52
Rectifying mistakes 55
Painting with a hairdryer 58
Impregnated backgrounds 60
Steam-fixing 62
Pressure cooker 62
Professional steam fixing 64
Theory of color 66
Sources of inspiration 70
Making beautiful painted silk designs 75
Suggestions for silk designs 76
Brooches 76
Greeting cards 78
Silk pictures 79
Framing 80
Lampshades 82
Cushions 84
Skirt 85
Sun top 86
T-shirt 87
Long evening dress 88
Scarves 89
Gallery of designs 93
Pictures and scarves 94
Clothing 120
Index 133

Instruction Page
Instruction Page


Painting with a hairdryer
Painting with a Hairdryer


Example of Washing Out Technique
Example of Washing Out Technique

Example with Salt
Example with Salt

Materials & Equipment Silkworms
Materials & Equipment and Silkworms

Two Parrots on a Blossoming Peach Tree
Two Parrots on a Blossoming Peach Trees

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