Silk Painting for Fine Artists

In Silk Painting for Fine Artists, Master Silk Painting Artist Natasha Foucault combines her love of travel, photography, teaching and fine art as she creates fine art silk painted Seascapes, cityscapes, landscapes and still life.
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Tutor Name(s): Natasha Foucault
Level: Intermediate
Programme: On Demand Masterclasses
Duration: 2 Hours
About

In Silk Painting for Fine Artists, Master Silk Painting Artist Natasha Foucault combines her love of travel, photography, teaching and fine art as she creates fine art silk painted Seascapes, cityscapes, landscapes and still life.

Natasha demonstrates silk painting design layout concepts as well as special techniques including creating glass-like imagery in her still life work that has been featured in a variety of magazines and shows.

An ideal workshop for artists who have mastered the basics of silk painting, or fine artists interested in moving into silk painting. No drawing skills required – design templates are provided to guide you along the way. Natasha explores her design layout concepts as well as special techniques including creating glass-like imagery in her still life work that has been featured in a variety of magazines and shows.

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Sessions Overview
Session 1
Introduction

Be introduced to this Silk Painting Masterclass for Fine Artists. You’ll discover Natasha’s own journey into silk painting, the history of this art and go over the materials you’ll need for the upcoming sessions.

Session 2
Getting Started and Basic Techniques

Begin to work on the process of silk painting by correctly preparing gutta as well as understanding some of the fine art techniques you’ll be using. Natasha will guide you through working with Gutta, linear underpainting and gutta serti alongside blending and mixing colours.

Session 3
Silk Life Project ‘Amalfi Lemons’

In the third session of the series you will create a travel inspired still life. Natasha will guide you through the process of transferring the design onto your silk, painting and salting the lemons, painting the lower elements, creating grapes and the dry brush technique. You’ll then learn to create a multi-coloured background, add shadows, leaves and reflections, bubbles and reflections in glasses before finishing up your work with markers.

Session 4
City/Seascape Project ‘Burano Boats’

In this session, you’ll paint your own Venetian Waterway. Discover the process behind this; painting the backgrounds and boats, applying gutta for reflections and shadows, painting houses and reflection, further reflections and shadows, followed by windows, buildings and boat details before completing your project with permanent marker touch ups and analysing your composition.

Session 5
Fixing and Display

Master the art of steam fixing your silks and learn Jill Kennedy’s steam fixing methods. Through the lessons in this session you’ll be able to finish and display your work, utilising Jill Kennedy’s fixing methods and display techniques.

Materials & Preparation

A comprehensive, in-depth Masterclass Pack is provided upon purchase to this course. Course members will also receive access to image packs including 'Getting Started', 'Design & Composition', 'Amalfi Lemons' and 'Burano Boats'.

Materials

  • Dye Colours:
    • Yellow
    • Cyan
    • Magenta
    • Black
    • Dharma Poppy Red
    • Apricot
    • Royal Blue
    • Turquoise
    • Brown Sienna
    • Chocolate Brown
    • Kelly Green
  • Wooden Stretcher Bars or Dharma Plastic Frames
  • Silk Tacks for Wood (or hooks for plastic frames)
  • Silk Fabric, crepe de chine 16mm weight
  • Silk Dyes (Steam Fix Method)
  • Chemical Fix Silk Dyes
  • Clear Gutta
  • Black Gutta
  • Gutta Dispenser Bottle
  • Foam Brushes
  • Synthetic Round Brushes
  • White Tiles
  • Newsprint Paper or End Rolls
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • Urea
  • Strainer
  • Glass/Baby Food Jars

Note: Issues such as humidity, water quality, temperature and other factors such as the quality of your silk will determine the ability to achieve similar results in your work.

Meet the Master: Natasha Foucault

Natasha Foucault began her journal as a classically trained oil painter who moved to silk paints in her early 20’s. Travels, photographs and events soon became themes for her work which explore still life, landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes and contemporary art.

Natasha’s works on silk have been exhibited and sold in both museums and commercial galleries throughout the world. Her book, “Silk Diary, An Artist’s Journey from Moscow to Mendocino“, co-authored with Jeanne-Michele Salander, combines a collection of Natasha’s silk art, stories of her life as an artist, and her signature painting techniques is available from Galli Creative.

Website: natashasilkart.com

Galli Creative

Galli Creative produces educational workshops focused on textile, stitch, surface design and encaustic arts. Their teaching format is self-guided featuring some of the leading art instructors in the world. Most instructors are published with DVDs and books in print, and many have achieved the highest recognition in their field.

In addition to producing educational workshops, Galli Creative produces archival educational video for leading museums. Their documentary film work has taken them from Southeast Asia to Latin America to Europe with an emphasis on fashion, creativity, sustainability and restorative methods.

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