Introduction to Silk Painting Workshop


Next up: a class in Mosier, Oregon March 30th, 2019
Sponsored by the Columbia Fibres Guild. Contact Nancy Skakel at 541 965-2649 to enroll.

About the Workshop:

The class will be an introduction to silk painting using the serti technique, held at Sequoia Gallery + Studios in downtown Hillsboro. We’ll talk about technique, using resist/gutta, color application and blending, salt technique, setting the colors and all that good stuff in plenty of detail. You’ll paint a handkerchief to get used to the process, and then an 8 x 54 inch scarf. I’ll borrow your pieces to steam-set the colors and get the finished pieces back to you a few days later.

The workshop will be $80, and includes silk and all materials for the class. If you want painting supplies to take home for future projects, you have the option to buy a silk painting starter kit from me, but it’s not required. I’ll limit the class to 8 people, so we aren’t too crowded.

If you have ideas for designs you would like to paint, bring them along, but don’t worry if you don’t have a big plan already. I’m a fan of improvisational painting personally, and I will bring some design ideas as well.

Optional Silk Painting Kit

This is a starter painting kit for you to take home if you want it for future projects. It's not required for this class - all materials for the workshop itself will be provided.

Included in the kit for $30:
– 1 oz each of magenta, cyan, black and yellow dyes (Jacquard Red Label)
– 2 sumi brushes
– squeeze bottle for resist
– 2 oz bottle of water-based resist
– 2 white habotai silk scarves, 8×4 inches


Note about the dyes: The Jacquard Red Label dyes require steam-setting to be color-fast, which we will discuss in class.