A Rainbow is Born – Painting a Colourful Silk

I’ve just been painting a very large rainbow silk and thought I’d share some of the photos I took as I went along.

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I no longer have my attic studio so here I am dragging in everything from the outhouse. My old work top to lay on top of the dining room table. Setting up 2 side tables and adjusting the height.

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Silk frame pieces together and stretching the white silk ready for work.

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Putting out all the dyes and brushes I’ll need.

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And off we go, adding all the rainbow colours, bringing the silk alive with a burst of colour.

Finally adding a liberal sprinkling of salt on top of the glistening dyes. And now leave it to rest for a while.

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Later I come back and carefully remove all the salt. The dye still isn’t fixed to it’s important not to splash anything on the silk or get it wet.

I roll it up in paper ready for its 3 hour steam bath….

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And the moment of truth. Unrolling the silk and how those colours glisten. So taking it outside in the sunshine for a preliminary photoshoot. Next it’ll be washed and ironed.

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After that I’ll be making some wide silk tabs to add along the top, transforming the silk into a large hanger. The rainbow colours are very therapeutic in all sorts of contexts – whether in your own personal sacred space or in therapy rooms where people from all walks of life come for healing.

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