Silk Painting with Cold Wax Circles – Technique with Teena Hughes

Silk Painting with Cold Wax Circles – Technique with Teena Hughes


Hello, this is Teena Hughes. I’m going to
show you how to draw circles on the silk very easily. I can just draw a circle, keeping
the brush pretty steady, but if you don’t have a steady hand or if you’d like some help,
you can actually place something on the silk to give you a bit of a help. You can just
trace around it. Remember this is hand painted silk, it doesn’t have to look like it’s been
made by a machine, so any slight irregularities will be just fine. You don’t need to try and
make this look like it’s been mass produced. The idea is that this is a piece of silk that
you will be painting by hand and each scarf or each piece of clothing that you make will
be a one-off design, so if you can just see what I’m doing here, I’m slowly pressing down
gently on the brush to make a circle. Now what this is going to do is create a design
whereby I can have colors inside the dots, circles and also colors outside. I’m going
to do the rest by hand because that’s what I like to do. In fact, I’m going to do a squiggle
design just to add some interest to this little piece of silk.
I put the wax down. Now I love pink, there’s no denying it, so this is hot pink on the
background and you’ll notice that I don’t need to go all the way to the edges of the
cold wax because the dye automatically flows. It wants to spread across the fine silk and
that’s exactly what it does. Flows beautifully, so you need a steady hand. If you don’t have
a steady hand, you can have a piece of wood that you can balance on, where you can stretch
that across the frame. I used to do that when I was painting on large pieces of silk and
also you don’t have to worry about going over the edges of the circles because the dye doesn’t
penetrate the cold wax. Once this particular piece of silk has been steam set so the colors
are permanent and then it’s washed in hot water to remove the wax. I’m just going to
add another detail on the end there. Once the wax is removed, this will be a beautiful
white line in the silk. It’s gorgeous. Okay, so that’s enough of the hot pink. Excuse me.
Now I’m going to have some orange. I think I’ll put orange down the side here.
I love these two colors together. Absolutely love them. Okay you can see that that’s pretty
much a stretched out to the corners quite well. There’s little splashes. Luckily it
was on the wax so it won’t affect anything. If it hadn’t splashed onto the pink, it would’ve
made a slightly different color and that would’ve been okay as well. I think I’ll put orange down the side here.
I love these two colors together. Absolutely love them. Okay you can see that that’s pretty
much a stretched out to the corners quite well. There’s little splashes. Luckily it
was on the wax so it won’t affect anything. If it hadn’t splashed onto the pink, it would’ve
made a slightly different color and that would’ve been okay as well. Alright, I’m going to add one more color and
then this little design will be done. Now, if you could imagine this done on a larger
piece of silk for a scarf or some other kind of decoration, maybe a silk top could be quite
pretty. I’ve actually dropped some dye onto the silk, so I’m going to duplicate it. Make
a pattern. The little hand drawn splashes that’s added to the design. In fact, I’m going
to just do that yellow, so at the curve as well. And that’s it. That’s a very simple
little circular design. This is Teena Hughes saying goodbye for now. Alright, I’m going to add one more color and
then this little design will be done. Now, if you could imagine this done on a larger
piece of silk for a scarf or some other kind of decoration, maybe a silk top could be quite
pretty. I’ve actually dropped some dye onto the silk, so I’m going to duplicate it. Make
a pattern. The little hand drawn splashes that’s added to the design. In fact, I’m going
to just do that yellow, so at the curve as well. And that’s it. That’s a very simple
little circular design. This is Teena Hughes saying goodbye for now.

2 Comments

  • How To Paint on Silk with Teena Hughes

    August 11, 2018

    I love hot pink and orange silk dyes together, and a splash of bright yellow adds to the mix 🙂 Have you tried a cold wax technique yet?

    Reply
  • Jeannine J

    December 13, 2018

    Teena I'm in the US and can't find a supplier of this type of cold wax. Do you know of suppliers here? Thanks!

    Reply

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