Silk painting is still fairly new for me. I had the good fortune to be taught by the very talented "Jane Cameron" and have been working to improve from there so this folder is very much a journey...
1 Fox skull, again. The joy of working with templates. I was pleased with this save for the leaking over the outer borders there.
2 April 2017
Larger silk piece (14"x18" frame). Wanted to push my colour work a bit so there's a lot of layers of colour here. I like how it's worked out.
3 Another old piece I decided to recreate on silk.
4 Autumn Fruit - thought I would have a go at that old pen and ink piece in colour. I'm quite happy how it turned out :)
5 That sabre tooth again - facing the other way this time.
6 Purple glitter outliner!!! The original is much better than the photo but hopefully this gives you some idea...
7 And in blue/purple too :)
8 Sabre toothed tigers are awesome.
9 Tiger! Wondering why he is plum coloured, probably...
10 Sept 2016
I went along to Jane Cameron's 'Inspired by Klimt' workshop. It was excellent and took me out of my comfort zone a bit (always good!). For the day's final piece this was inspired by Klimnt's 'Tree of Life'. Except this went through the wringer of my imagination... not sure there's so much 'life' going on here...
11 ... and then I did go ahead and have a go with different colours. Loving the greens but I'm not so keen on the teeth being so off-centre. Will try again.
12 Sept 2016
See 'Pen and Ink' section for the original. This was far too much fun and I may well try the design in different colours.
13 Media: silk, textiles Sept 2016
The world's most photogenic cushion! Team effort here between myself and the fabulous Jane Cameron: I did the painted bit and she made it into a most wonderful cushion for me =)
14 September 2016
So I went back to Spectacular Mistress of the Silk Painting Jane Cameron for further tuition Autumn 2016. I feel like I have really upped my game =)
15 Even more ammonites!
16 You might recognise this chap from his picture in the Digital gallery :)
17 Fox skull. A fun thing about silk paint is that once you've set up a template you can revisit it. Repainted this chap 3 times already. I was pleased with this save for the leaks over the borders - rookie errors where I hadn't inspected my outliner work before applying the paint.
18 Red Dragon. My favourite bit is the horns. Much better control with the paint here.
19 Feathered Dragon. Working hard on my colouring technique.
20 Monster skull. I was starting to really find my feet with silk paints on this one :)
21 Fire Dragon - second go. Much better. :-)
23 Suncatcher. Kind of ironic as I suspect this being isn't a big fan of the sun.
24 Liner test. Same design, different approaches. I like the one on the left better.
25 Wolf pack. You may recognise these chaps from my 'Bloody Murder' digital painting of the Morvarg.
26 'Message in Blood', based of the picture in the digital gallery. There's not much by way of colour going on, but then this one was all about challenging myself with the liner.
27 Tree! Second attempt: this colour scheme I find much more pleasing than the one with all silver gutta.
28 Dire wolf, on silk. You can see I struggled with some of the colour bleeding on those teeth.
29 Aztec design, inspired by the serpent they have at the British Museum.
30 'Eye of Chaos' - getting a little ambitious here.
32 More ammonites.
33 Fox skull. Again. Green this time.
34 This little chap was actually the inspiration for my 'Regal Dragon' picture (see digital section of gallery)!
35 Green Dragon. Early work.
36 'The Hunt' second attempt. Learned my lesson and worked larger. Still there's something I'm not quite happy about here but it's closer to what I'd had in mind.
37 Treeeeee! Either the silver for the tree outline, or maybe the clear outliner on the sky... one of those was a mistake because the picture's a bit indistinctive :-(
38 Fire Dragon - first attept.
39 'Message in Blood', based of the picture in the digital gallery. This one was all about pushing myself with the liner. I struggled a bit - got a narrow nib for the fine lines but it kept clogging which caused me a real headache. After this picture I more or less gave up on trying to use nibs and opted to apply the black liner with a brush instead. It's a bit tricky that way as it doesn't always go on thick enough to form a proper barrier (one just has to be vigilant and check one's lines) but it's easier on my wrist and I can get finer application.
40 'The Hunt'. First try. Too small to get detail in properly. Based off my 'Caput Mortuum' watercolour painting.
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