Silk Painting with Jill Kennedy

Be guided by Jill Kennedy’s comprehensive overview of silk painting materials, methods and techniques. Jill begins with the basics in this step-by-step workshop discussing all the tools and materials you need. From there you’ll explore a variety of techniques to work with silks, dyes, and other products.
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Tutor Name(s): Jill Kennedy
Level: Beginner
Programme: On Demand Masterclasses
Duration: 2 Hours
About

Be guided by Jill Kennedy’s comprehensive overview of silk painting materials, methods and techniques. Jill begins with the basics in this step-by-step workshop discussing all the tools and materials you need to set up. Whereas silk paints can be a little limited in what you can do with them, Jill explains how silk dyes offer even the beginner the opportunity to create one of a kind works of art that are sure to please. From there you’ll explore a variety of techniques of working with silks, dyes, and other products which add and subtract colour on the fabric.

Extensive coverage of both stove-top and commercial steaming equipment demonstrations. This is one of the finest courses on Silk Painting taught by a leading author of books on the subject! Includes loads of notes, tips and suggested projects in the Masterclass Pack!

Key Learnings:

  • Working with Water
  • Salt & Sugar
  • Moving with Alcohol
  • The Magic of Gutta
  • Working with Batik Wax
  • Anti-Spread, Thickener & Discharge Paste
  • Fixing & Care
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Sessions Overview
Session 1
Getting Started with Silk Painting

Join Jill Kennedy in this introduction to the masterclass series, you’ll be guided through getting set up and started on your silk painting journey and discover new techniques including the water technique and alcohol technique, plus working with salt and sugar.

Session 2
Working with Gutta Serti

For Session 2 you will take a deep-dive into the gutta serti technique. With Jill’s expert tips you’ll learn the tips and tricks of working with gutta resist on silk to create where you can apply a variety of colours. Jill is a master of gutta demonstration on silk and she provides a lot of gutta silk painting techniques including blending colours, work with water for flow and using coloured gutta for design and effect.

Session 3
Batik Wax on Silk

Now you have learned the basic techniques, Jill explores more of her favourite silk painting techniques in a variety of demonstrations. Jill is an advanced batik artist and her work in batik wax resist on silk is a wonderful addition to this workshop, where she will put into practice working with a brush and a Kystka stylus.

Session 4
Further Explorations

Looking for something more? In the penultimate session of the series, Jill moves on to taking colour out (discharge) of the silk, using anti-spread on the silk to create a painterly canvas, and thickened silk dyes with stamps, brushes and other effects.

Session 5
Fixing and Care

Once you have created a body of work with all of the demonstrations, Jill concludes the workshop with steam fixing your silks — both on the stove and using commercially available appliances.

Materials & Preparation

A comprehensive, in-depth Masterclass Pack is provided upon purchase to this course.

Materials

  • Silk (crepe de chine, pongee, smooth or textured, and coloured and/or patterned weave)
  • Wood Frame
  • Silk Pins
  • Inexpensive bristle brushes (kitchen, discount hobby story – buy the cheap ones) or cantings you can buy from many craft retailers
  • Masking Tape
  • Dyes & Palette
  • Brushes and applicators
  • Salt
  • Icing Sugar
  • Granulated/Preserving Sugar
  • Spray Bottle/Dropper/Natural Sponge
  • Pallettes, jars, droppers (whatever you have around the house)
  • Alcohol
  • Hairdryer
  • Water and Diluant (dilutant)
  • Gutta in a tube or Gutta in a plastic bottle
  • Nib (No.5 or 6)
  • Essence F (you would only need this with solvent based gutta)
  • Ready-made Batik Wax Pellets
  • Temperature regulated skillet, pan or Wax Melting Pot
  • Dyes or Paints (steam fix dyes preferred)
  • Western or Indonesian Tjantings and Russian Kystkas
  • Anti-Spread (antifusant)
  • Thickener (Sodium Algaenate)
  • Decolourant (Discharge Paste)
  • Plastic Rolls or bags (for batching)
  • Clean NewsprintIron (for Silk Paints)
  • Stove-Top Double Boiler or Asian Bamboo Stacking Steamer
  • Synthrapol (Cleaner)
  • Mineral Spirits (for Batik wax)
  • Horizontal Stove Steamer or Vertical (Rocket) steamer
Meet the Maker: Jill Kennedy

Jill Kennedy has over 25 years experience as a textile artist. She is the author of five silk and fabric painting books and has also produced Kits for beginners in Silk Painting and Batik. Jill has written many articles for Art and Craft journals and runs workshops and day courses too.

Jill lives in Marlow, England, where she continues to create silk painted wearables and textiles and enjoys being a granny.

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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