Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Painted Cloth

It's the 25th of the month, so time to take stock and reflect on those New to Me experiences and encourage my fellow bloggers to share their trials and tribulations too!

This month I have been messing about with paints!

Acrylic paint

and thanks to a workshop a couple of months ago with Moira McLennaghan, of the Guild of Silk Painters, silk paints.

After the workshop Moira encouraged us to take away small squares of silk that she had traced a design on with Gutta, to enable us to have a go at home. I picked a design of fish swimming amongst coral with the intention that once painted it would be more wall art for the gorgeous grandson's bedroom.

The silk paints flowed easily on to the silk and filled the areas confined by the Gutta, so I was very pleased with myself.

Then this happened!!

The colour washed over the line of the Gutta and flowed into the next space. I tried diluting the space with water in an attempt to remove the colour but as you can see it wasn't especially successful.

I am debating whether to fill the frame with colour but worry that it will bleed in the other direction into the fish. I haven't set the paint with the iron yet (mainly because the iron blew up the last time I used it!) so don't know if that would help or hinder. If you know the answer I would be delighted to hear :)

I used the Acrylic paint to transform this lace from this

to this

and also this. They don't look so attractive now but trust me they will make more sense when the project I am working on is finished!

Next up is a play with these Metallic Wax Crayons! First though I need to replace that iron :)

So, that is my New to Me attempts this month, now it is your turn to link up and share anything that you have tried out for the first time in July. As you can see we keep it real here, so whether it was a success or not don't be shy, it is always a learning experience. Well that is what I am currently telling myself!

As always the New to Me link party will remain open until the end of the month, so you have time to try that technique or write that post! I look forward to seeing what you have been up to and, hopefully, coming across some helpful tips or techniques too :)


  1. Looks very interesting. Have fun playing. I made my first-ever Dresden plate.

  2. Your fish silk painting is looking great and the bleed doesn't stand out. I would expect that the frame line must be creating a good enough barrier to not bleed into the fish or your colours would have bled into the frame already but it maybe I'm not really understanding how this gutta works. I'm looking forward seeing more of your lace project :)

  3. Painting on silk looks fun. Hope you are still able to use the fish.

  4. The fish look good to me. Is the colour running really a problem? I think it just enhances the look of their watery environment. It hasn't turned your lovely silk into a khaki mess, so the bleeding can't be too bad!

  5. Your silk painting looks great - what a lovely effect and I can't really see the bleeding. As usual I really admire your adventurousness :-)

  6. I haven’t silk painted for years, no idea when my stuff is (wonder if I lent it to someone) but I loved how the colour fills the section (until it gets too enthusiastic- I feel your pain! But I’m sure gorgeous grandson will love it anyway)


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