Painting . . .

Silk Painting

Painting on Silk is a ‘direct’ method as it is not easy to remove dye or gutta once it is applied. I decide what I am going to do and how I’m going to do it before I put any gutta or colour onto the silk. In this way I can work confidently and purposefully to complete my task before the dye dries.


Shibori is the transfer of dye through layers of fabric by folding, pleating, twisting and then tying or wrapping to create unique one-off designs.


Batik is a different method of painting on silk, because selected areas of the cloth are blocked out by wax. The parts covered in wax, resist the dye and remain the original colour. The process of waxing and dyeing is repeated, allowing new colours to be added, creating more elaborate designs. After the final dyeing the wax is removed, and the cloth can be used.


Rozome is a Japanese technique of batik. A brush is often used for both wax as well as dye application. Some techniques include stenciling, stamping, and etching. When applying colour the Japanese prefer the shaded luminosity possible with brush applied dye.