Hi there. This is a picture of me painting a Chinese silk scarf many moons ago. Once it was finished, washed and ironed it looked very nice indeed...even if I say so myself. This took me a couple of days to complete and the colors are very vibrant...hope you all like.

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Comment by Sue Pownall on July 18, 2011 at 10:44am

Thanks for sharing this Wayne.


The details in the kimono look like they would take more than a couple of days and I like how those details contrast with the simplicity of the background. Also, I like the use of complementary colours in the background.


Did you use silk paints or are they inks of some sort? Did you have a model or a photo for a reference?

Comment by Thaneeya McArdle on July 18, 2011 at 11:27am
This looks very cool Wayne, thank you for sharing!  The kimono does indeed look detailed - I can tell a lot of work and effort when into this.  I'm also curious about the materials you used... and did you start out by penciling the image onto the silk, or...?
Comment by Wayne Llewellyn on July 18, 2011 at 7:28pm

Hi everyone!

Well I thought I'd let you all know what was used to make this silk scarf. For this scarf you would need a wooden frame to attach the silk to (with simple drawing pins). This as to be done as tight as you can possible get it. Then I drew out the Geisha girl and background (this is done with a special pen called an AUTO-FADE PEN. Once this is done you now have 2 options: (1) I used a DRAWING GUM PASTE (GUTTA) to draw out my picture and then just inked in the necessary colors. Or there's the second option: (2) The Deka Silk Covering White (anti-spread) technique. This allows you to draw your image straight onto the silk without having to use the GUTTA OUTLINER. If you use the 1st option you will have to wash off the GUTTA once all is dry. You can research the fantastic art of silk paint at this website, where you can also buy all the materials you need to get you started in making one-off silk scarves. I do hope this was informative to get you interested.



This link should take you straight to the silk painting section. I hope you all have fun and enjoy the art of silk painting.

Comment by Thaneeya McArdle on July 21, 2011 at 1:26pm
Thanks so much for the detailed info about silk painting, Wayne!  The list of materials is very helpful and the link you provided was very handy.  It would be fun to try this someday.  In elementary school we did a batik painting on silk which was cool, but I haven't painted on silk since. Someday! Thank you for the inspiration!
Comment by Cheri Homaee on August 27, 2011 at 2:30pm
Beautiful.  Thanks for the info
Comment by Wayne Llewellyn on August 27, 2011 at 9:34pm
Thank you all for your kind comments....Bless!


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