Designing on Silk Chiffon

The greatest mystery in creating is the inspiration. After that, like most things, there is a defined process. When painting silk scarves I begin with a prewash to remove any leftover residue from the silk worms, finger prints or other stuff that can cause the fabric to dye unevenly. I air dry and then iron before I begin the painting process. Drying only takes a few minutes in Arizona’s dry climate.

There are different kinds of resist that I sometimes use to create patterns on the silk before painting them. Some are permanent and others wash out after painting leaving white wherever the resist was applied. In the picture I am using a permanentĀ  metallic resist.



I used cerulean blue, chartreuse andĀ  golden yellow which are some of my favorite silk paint colors. They blend beautifully when applied, almost like when watercolor painting. I love the process and results.