Textile Art Course Week 8: Silk Painting With Salt

This week we were shown silk painting using salt. It is very easy. All you do is paint your silk with silk paints, and whilst it is wet, put salt onto the silk fabric. What the salt does is to absorb some of the paint and water creating interesting effects. You can use different sized salt granules to get different effects. You leave the salt on for a few minutes and then brush it off. This technique can be used with other water-based paints, particularly watercolour.

This is a sun catcher that I painted with silk paint and salt. The blurring effects and dots are created by the salt. I intend further developing this piece at some point, possibly by stitching the outline of a fairy.

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I also created this free hand butterfly.

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