Sunday, September 30, 2012

Painting Silk Ribbon Revisited

Yesterday I posted that I had painted some silk ribbon.  Even after ironing it came out rather stiff...that's ok for my art quilts, but not ideal.  Although I am not a perfectionist by any means, I really didn't like the feel of the silk ribbon, so I did some online reading about painting silk and discovered that I had used the wrong kind of paint.  I used normal textile paint.  What I needed and, oddly enough have, is paint specifically for silk painting.  I tried using that on wet silk ribbon this morning and found that it is just perfect.  

This probably looks a lot like the picture I posted yesterday, it is the same kind of ribbon after all...but it feels much different. And I learned this little trick to make a more variegated look:

See how this ribbon is blue along the edge and greenish yellow in the middle?   I did that by wetting the ribbon, painting it blue, then wetting the brush and brushing the blue paint.  Most of the blue paint came off.  I then painted the middle with yellow, turning that area greenish, but leaving the edges blue.  I like that technique and when I get my wider ribbon, I'm going to try that.

Finally, I had a triumph of sorts with dyeing silk scarves.  I have had a problem getting really dark colors on silk with the dyes I use.  Technically the dyes are for cotton and rayon, not so much for silk, although they do work.  The colors come out a lighter pastel.  Well, not if you put a whole big bunch of dye in the water and dye the scarf in a ziploc bag.   The dark navy color of one scarf is the first of very, very few dark colors I've been able to achieve.

I have almost decided to take an online silk painting class.  After watching some YouTube videos, I think I might be able to add to my repetoire of very entertaining skills :)
 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Yarn and Silk Ribbon Painting

So, not that I don't have many, many unfinished projects to do in my other crafts, I decided I'd try my hand at painting cotton and silk yarn and silk ribbon. Actually, I am working on several art quilts for which I really need some embellishments.  I thought maybe I'd just make my own by painting yarn and silk ribbon.   

Here's how the yarn came out:

 Trust me when I say I will never paint yarn again..... Just this little bit drove me nuts!  Trying to get every little strand....ugh...no...

However, the silk ribbon was another matter.  I had 1/8" wide and 1/4" wide ribbon on spools.  I just kept unwinding and painting.  This picture is the 1/4" wide.  I like it and it was fun to do.  I used regular textile paint.  I need to iron it to see if it will be supple again.  I don't really care if it softens or not because I'm just going to stitch it on an art quilt.