Beginners' Silk Painting Projects for
Children and Adults
Silk painting is a unique and beautiful technique. Silk was
once frequently used in paintings in the same manner in which
canvas is used today. Using silk as the basis for a masterpiece
is less common now, but silk may be used to create a wide
variety of projects. Here are a few that are appropriate for
beginner silk painters of all ages.
The silk scarf is a luxurious accessory, and it makes a
wonderful gift for almost any woman. And when it's painted by
hand, it takes on an even more special meaning. A silk scarf is
a great first project for those who would like to try their
hand at silk painting.
One of the great things about silk scarves is that they do
not necessarily have to have an elaborate pattern. Dyes can be
used to give them a tie dyed look. This is great news for
newbies, because working with silk dyes and paints can be
rather tricky at first. Simple abstract designs allow you to
get a feel for how these mediums interact with silk without
having to worry about precise detail.
Silk shirts may be larger than scarves, but they too look
nice with less defined patterns. As long as you choose colors
that complement each other, there's little chance of ruining
the shirt. This is a good project to move on to once you've
gained confidence with scarves.
Suncatchers and Ornaments
Stained glass suncatchers add a touch of color to any home.
But did you know that you can make suncatchers out of silk,
too? You'll have to learn to use resist to keep colors in
confined areas and apply dyes so that they are of the correct
intensity, but with the small size of most suncatchers, you
won't lose a lot of silk if you make a mistake.
You can also make ornaments for Christmas and other
occasions in much the same way you make suncatchers. You'll
need little more than a small frame, some silk, dye or paint,
and brushes. You can find kits to make these items at some
craft stores, as well as online.
Making silk-painted greeting cards requires some assembly,
but otherwise it's as easy as painting a scarf. You can use
resist to create some definition, or go abstract with dye only.
Cards designed to hold painted silk usually feature a cutout of
some sort of shape, so it's hard to go wrong.
These projects are great for learning the basics of silk
painting. And when they're complete, they make lovely gifts. If
you love the look of painted silk, why not give one of them a