The art of decorating textiles has been practiced since ancient times. Of all the natural fabrics, silk is the most sought-after, the fine texture and unique light-reflecting properties making it as highly prized today as it was thousands of years ago. For centuries increasingly sophisticated dyes have led to new and more elaborate decorating techniques, but the true beauty of silk painting lies in the fact that even basic designs never fail to produce the most stunning results.
"New Crafts Silk Painting" celebrates this time-honored form with 25 projects resulting in beautiful decorative pieces. This practical book contains all the information a crafter of any skill level needs to either get started or take his/her skills to a more advanced stage. This book also discusses types of silk and their suitability for different dyes, as well as all of the basic painting techniques, including tie-dye, dip dye, salt scattering, gutta and wax resist, marbling, stenciling, and batik.
The 25 featured projects vary in complexity so that any crafter can begin simply with a Dip-Dyed Handkerchief or a Salt-Scattered Tie before tackling the Gutta Hand-Painted Parasol, Batik Evening Bag, or Marbled Book Cover. The diverse range of projects also includes a Camisole, Sarong, Photograph Frame, Greeting Cards, Scarves, Wall Hangings, and Upholstery. Every project is presented with step-by-step instructions and specially commissioned photographs to guide the crafter through each stage. A gallery of work by leading contemporary artists reveals the almost limitless possibilities of silk painting, and will inspire all silk painters to create their own imaginative and unique designs.