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



I was recently asked how lettering could be applied to silk using silk paints. I decided to try using the 'stencil into wet silk paint' technique that I have been developing. I kept the lettering simple and used the word 'SILK' repeated several times in different sizes to form a decorative design. I fixed a copy of my design with masking tape behind a sheet of overhead projector film and cut out the letters using a scalpel. The stencilling technique involves laying a stencil into wet painted silk and drying with a hairdryer.

Once I was ready to paint, I wet the silk with clean water and used diluted orange and yellow paints with a pebble pattern stencil to create the background effect. I then wet the silk again and painted it with a diluted magenta. I laid the lettering stencil into the wet paint and dried the silk with a hairdryer. As I lifted the stencil from the dried silk the lettering appeared as if by magic.