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Hot Wax

On The Silk Painting Gallery NetworkI was asked about the melting temperature for wax. Different waxes have different temperatures in which they will melt. Short rule of thumb is to use the lowest temperature to melt the wax and stay liquid. If you see smoke it is way too hot!

I use a fondue pot with a thermostat on it to regulate the temperature. You might try a small electric skillet or a crock pot if you can see the exact temperature on it.

There have been much discussion on soy wax lately so let’s start there.

When painting or applying wax if you see it turn white as you are applying it has cooled off too much. You must paint quickly. I usually hold a plate under my brush to keep the wax from falling on silk before I intend it to.

These instructions are from one supplier: Prochemical



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Pre-treating Silk

On the Silk Painting Network I had asked one of our members Liena Dieck if she pre-coats her silk to achieve the fine detail in her silk paintings. I was amazed at how she created her beautiful portraits.


“Esperanza” by Lieana Dieck

I love that one of her missions is to help silk painting be more accepted as a fine art form.

Make sure you check out Liena’s pageShe recently posted a step by step illustration of one of her methods on her Silk Painting Network page. 

Her website is https://www.LD-art.com

I wanted to share this with everyone in case you missed it. This is what she said…

“To answer your question, I do pre-treat my stretched silks before I paint on them with dyes.
 I do not use gutta or any turpentine-based product that companies make to stop

the flow of dyes on silk (I think, Dupont sells something that in French is called Continue reading Pre-treating Silk