The Spirit of Spring and Butterflies on Soft Green Silk

I’ve been having delightful fun creating a flurry of butterflies on my latest silk scarf. Inspired by the latest theme set (by myself actually) for the Cosmic Web Artisans group, I decided to paint my first ever sprinkle of flutterbies on silk.

handpainted designer silk yardage

Painting soya wax butterflies onto the soft blue and turquoise undercoat

 

The soft undercoat of mottled dyes, then steaming to fix them. And then a layer of little butterflies painted with soya wax.

Painting the top layer of green dyes onto the butterflies

Painting the top layer of green dyes onto the butterflies

And next a top coating of various shades of green.

Top layer of green dyes on butterfly silk

Top layer of green dyes on butterfly silk

This was all rolled up, steamed, washed out to remove the wax residues and then ironed.

The completed butterfly silk scarf ready for steaming

The completed butterfly silk scarf ready for steaming

I love the way it has turned out.

I even added a tiny little sprinkling of gold dust on the end to give a soft magical touch.

Ready to go - the butterfly silk scarf waiting for flight

Ready to go – the butterfly silk scarf waiting for flight

I was just thinking that would probably look delicious as yardage and made into something soft and sensuous to wear… mmmm watch this space.

Butterfly silk as shoulder drape

Butterfly silk as shoulder drape

If you would like me to create you a beautifully original designer silk, please contact me at: info@silkandart.com and we can have a chat and make it happen.

2 thoughts on “The Spirit of Spring and Butterflies on Soft Green Silk

  1. Jagjit Kaur

    I have watched your videos on you tube and i love the way you paint. I wanted to know where i can get a frame like the one you have used in your video “The Spirit of Spring and Butterflies on Soft Green Silk”.
    I am looking for a frame of exactly the same kind and length. I live in Delhi in India. Can I order such a frame online.?

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    1. Fiona Post author

      Dear Jagjit

      Thanks for commenting and glad you love my painting. The frames I use are by Arty. You can get them in many outlets. If you are based in India, it is maybe easier for you to get them from Europe than the USA. Try http://www.meru-seide.de, the German company. That is where I got mine from.
      Good luck.

      Fiona

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