Painting Flowers - Mandy Southan
Colour Mixing - Mandy Southan
Decorative Effects - Leonard Thompson
Dyeing Devores - Caroline Munns
Silk Choker Necklace - Linda Graves
Wax Melting Pots - Jill Kennedy
Gutta Pro-liners - Isabella Whitworth
Javana Air Pen - Isabella Whitworth
Microwave Dyeing - Vera Dreyfuss
Painting Borders - Tessa Barnes
Ten Top Tips - Jill Kennedy
Transferring designs - Anon
Free-style landscapes - Marianne Nash
Painted Silk Poppy - Mandy Southan
Magic Lettering - Leonard Thompson
Painted Lilies - Mandy Southan
The Silk Road - Mandy Southan
Aspects of Design - Leonard Thompson
Selling your work - Ian Bowers
Japan: Textiles - Mandy Southan


JAVANA AIR PEN - Isabella Whitworth

There are lots of different ways of approaching flower painting on silk. Here are just some of them.

Working from designs If you have no artistic experience or lack confidence in your creative abilities, you can use linear designs in this book or work from tracings of photographs. You can transfer the designs on to silk using a soft graphite pencil, an autofade marker, gutta or outliner.
If you trace from a photograph, remember that you need not copy it exactly as it is.
The design may be improved by adding an extra flower or leaving out a leaf! Use a photocopier to enlarge the size to the size you want. You can then enjoy the painting process without the anxiety of feeling you have to be able to draw first!


Working from photographs Some flower painters like to work from photographs because flowers move and change as you paint them, and sometimes wither before the painting is finished. Photographs can also provide plenty of inspiration during the winter months, when there not so many flowers around to paint. You can find beautiful photographs in gardening books and flower