Recently asked on Linkedin Group: Silk Art
How do I keep the colors intense? I use the green label Jaquard silk dye, dry 24+ hours, agitate it in fixative, rinse in cold water, and the colors become pastel. What am I missing? Help! Thanks.
As many others have mentioned:
1. Steam set
2. Try Red Label or Dupont both must be steam set. I have been using Dupont for years and love the brilliant color. I do not like the price increase so have since moved to Jacquard Red Label and do not see any difference except saving money.
3. Depending on your purpose…I have found you can adhere silks to a surface without steaming IF you use a clear paste not a runny medium. I discovered using Golden Clear Heavy Paste I like the shiny finish but you can get satin finish. I adhere on panels, canvas. and wood.
Recently I was asked by one of my students on The Online Silk Painting Class how I sign my name on silk. The following was my answer. I would love to hear from other silk painters with your tips on signing your name on silk.
My answer was:
Sometimes I sign my name in the first stages of the painting on light color silk if I am using a solvent based gutta.
When I use a resist called Resistad I might use that also to sign my name as you can get a nice thin line. Resistad must be set to make it water resistant first.
I have tried pens but usually they do not show up much. If signing on a light background sometimes a fabric pen does the trick.
Even fabric pens can spread some on silk. However if the silk is pre-treated in some way say with No-Flow or Magic Sizing then you can write on silk and get a pretty clean line.
Lately I am using Jacquard Water Based metallic resist. I put this on after the painting is complete. I use a syringe to fill the resist container. Always test your line and resist on a scrap piece of silk first.
I found it helpful to use a syringe when filling an applicator bottle. I just saw this syringe from Walgreens online and cannot wait to try it. I like the idea that it comes with a clean brush, and an adapter for pouring the resist into it.
Please share your signature tips.
- Permalink Reply by Ron Gutman 21 hours ago
If I remember to do so (sigh), I sign lastly (after painting) with a contrasting colored resist (Resistad). If I forget to sign it, then with a ball point pen or iron set resist after steaming. I have seen an artist who cleverly works her signature into the border lines on her scarves…love that!
- Permalink Reply by Francine Dufour Jones 19 hours ago
Thanks Ron. Great answer and tip! You must have a lot of Resistad made up in different colors. I noticed your line work is exquisite along with your art of course!
- Permalink Reply by Ron Gutman 19 hours ago
Thanks Francine…I usually only mix up enough Resistad for the project I am working on. If there is any left over, I just leave it in the squeeze bottle and cap it…seems to keep quite well for some time. Also, I may take another left over color and add it to another for a new color. I think the line work comes from many years of illustrating and working with a Rapidograph pen…love the challenge of making beautiful lines.
- Permalink Reply by Dawn Cooksley 19 hours ago
I normally put a little stop flow let it dry then sign with a fine liner brush with just a little dye on it…I tried the pens you can add dye to but found it makes for a thicker signature…sometimes use black gutta and sign with it if I dont use the stop flow…occasionally I just sign with the Pebeo metallic guttas and iron…nearly always the last thing I do…wishing I would learn to do it in the process of making the scarf or painting …haha
someday I will try and get some of the resistad…smile..
- Permalink Reply by Francine Dufour Jones 14 hours ago
Dawn thank you so much for your reply. Get tips especially with using stop flow. I am sure other silk painters will appreciate this.