SilkPainting101 | Anastasia Machinski | Skillshare
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9 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Let’s get Silk Canvas Ready

    • 4. How to use the Water Based Resist

    • 5. Painting on Silk, The Basics

    • 6. Painting on Silk, The Details

    • 7. Step I The Composition

    • 8. Step II Outline

    • 9. Step III Paint your masterpiece

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About This Class

Create your own masterpiece on fabric! Looking for learning a bit about painting on silk? Look no further. In this class, you’ll get to know the basics of silk painting, also known as Batik.

I’ll show you how to create your own silk painting from start to finish. We’ll be working with silk fabric, watercolours and I’ll help you get your silk onto a wooden frame using stretcher bars. 

On this journey you’ll learn how to:

  • Get your silk fabric onto a frame 
  • Use the Water-Based-Resist to outline your drawing
  • Paint on silk using 4 different techniques (Mini Class Project) 
  • Create your own silk painting (The Class Project) 

No prior knowledge or experience required

If curious, more of my art on Instagram @ours.for.all

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Anastasia Machinski



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1. Introduction: Hi, everyone. Welcome to your first cell painting. Class one A one. My name's Anna station. I'm looking for you with this class is all about two. Beginner class won't start with how to create the proper frame in order to stretch out. Or silk painting will show you how to get the stretcher bars assembled and where we can get thes stretcher bars. And I'll give me some tips and tricks on how to make sure that the frames actually set up correctly. Once you have your frame, we're ready to put on the silk, give you some tips on how the cell can be put on the frame. Uh, I'll be using staples in this class, and once we have, our silk will get started with creating the composition for group project. So the group project will be creating ah flower ones. We've got our composition ready to go, were set to start drawing on the silk with the water based resist. But prior to getting started with a major group project, I'll give you some pointers and actually how to draw and paint on silk with using different techniques that you see up over here, including a wet on wet techniques or wet on dry techniques, and you're ready to get started in the major group project that you see right in front of you. So that's using what I'm wet taking can. I'm starting on using the wet and dry technique. You guys, I'm so excited to see all your work, so please share it with me and my page and let's get learning. 2. Materials: Hey, guys. Okay, so let's get our material is on the way. The first thing you'll need. Ask, of course. The silk. It took me two stores to find my silk. Basically, go to your fabric places and look for something you need. I found my silk at a specialty store where they snipped, Cell said. That's important from India. So that's what we got here the size of the flames that will be using as 8 10 inches, so you slightly want a little more. So in the end, especially that we have to group projects. So I would get half a meter of silk, and that should do now. Course, you'll need some scissors as well to cut around your silk. Then you can use thumbtacks, or you can use a staple gun. The differences. Sometimes you can remove them easily, which is a just you do versus the staple gun. It's more permit than though you can remove it as well. And, of course, what are we going to stretch your silicon? Well, you need some stretcher bars. You can order them on Amazon. That's what I did, or you can go to your local store and get a wooden frame so you can use thumbtacks or the staple gun to get the silk on it. We'll use the size of eight by 10 inches. Um, and that'll do. You can go is big or small if you want, I wouldn't go to his knowledge is because it's too difficult to learn on it. Well, here is water based raises that's by your card. You can order it on Amazon as well, or go to your art store art store. And now they do have. Now the thing that you guys might need is just this little pet. You can order them on Amazon as well, and they do come with applicator tips. I had to buy them separately. One tip of smaller diameter. The other one's bigger. I used the bigger dammit A. In order to do this project, these pets come, they can squeeze out is all. But this is a really huge diameter, so a lot of resist will come through. You will need a pencil on which you will draw silk with. Please make sure it's a softer pencil I used for B. If you only have HB pencil, that's okay. Just make sure that tip is not super a super shirt, and you can use just a small brush as well. There's so many different types of pains that you can use, I suggest, but just getting a blue, red and yellow colors. There's lots of different brands. Long you might want to show. Trump is, uh, watercolors for silk painting are pains for fabric painting, and that's basically what you'll get their liquid you can use. But at the same time, you can also use hard water colors as well. You can go ahead and use some karberg paper on which you'll dry painting on. So I just use this water color because it's quick from sturdy. You choose whatever you like, just make sure it's a little thicker. And now we're set to do our major group project that you see right here and are many group projects that comes next. I can't wait to see you cases work 3. Let’s get Silk Canvas Ready: All right, So here's a frame on basically a started putting it together and all you to do Just find the proper bridges. Put it out together. You're said to go last piece. The last two pieces of the heart does. This is where you might want to use a little rubber mallet or a little hammer and give it a few hits to get your frame ready to go on. Go ahead and properly make the right amount. Still needs to go on. So you do want to leave some edges around as you're gonna be curving frame as you cut around the silicon. Remember there two ways to put the silk on the frame on the bullet. Now the song has all these trainee bristles, so we'll make a few incisions. Don't worry too much about Iranian. Miss Silica is perfect. It's possible just because once you put it on the frame, it'll eventually straightened out on its own. This wall case hold with my first decision and using a stapler you can later on take thes tacklers out as well. Okay, here's decision. You wanna be careful, but again, you can use the punch. Prices will now as you go, the other side do the exact same thing. So you do wanna have a little bit of contention that you don't have too much. Okay, later on, we'll get it. So you go right across. You fooled you silk in. So your role apart and you're ready to staple one side and then you flip it over to the other and slowly stretch it to make sure you have equal tension across stunt. And I mean, you turn around and then now you feel for whole. So there's clearly a hole here and here you just feel yourself. So I wanted to stretch these two parts. Once you go to stretch those two parts al that you basically check yourself over and over again for all the possible holes that you gotta fill in. Um, doing this again. It's using a staple gun, so it's more permanent, but you can still remove it. Perfect. So you got yourself depended on on its own, just kind to the corner. Please be very careful when using a staple gun. There is another option that we can use to stretch out the silk, which is using thumbtacks. Okay, So thumbtacks or pushpins, Whatever you wanna call him to put the silk on. So it's the same idea. You'll stretch it and three parts and then on the other side I personally don't have enough silk, so I will stretch it all the way. What you would want to do, you would want to have about an inch and 1/2. No, and you go over the frame I don't have absolute, so I'll just go on top. Carriedo push it in. So the reason why we use this is so you can take off the Selic afterwards and reuse the frame. That's basically the reason, so you don't have to push it too hard. This is good for creating, like scarves. She want to reuse the frame. Don't like what you drew so same thing on the other side. So you go right across, you push the pin and again I'm not pushing all the way. I'm leaving some space because I'll take this so called eventually 4. How to use the Water Based Resist: Okay, now that we're ready to use our water based resist for for fabrics and says Jack word water based, resist basically where you can do to make it easier, because this it's not quite easy to use this. So what you might want to do just by a little pet usually look like this. You can just open it up, open up here and you can pour some main resist. And so you have enough Why? I wouldn't feel it fully to the top, because it might just be too much so And then I would also suggest you can just go ahead and use this, but it will be quite big. So what I do as I usually use thes adapters and I have a smaller day. I'm under adapter in a larger one, so take a slightly bigger one, and I just basically screwed off. It doesn't mean it's going to stay. It's it'll easily pop off, but it screwed on a little bit, and I'm ready to go, so I'm ready to get started with myself. Need for the resist to get to the edge and you notice nothing's coming out. Well, we might want to investigate what's going on. No resistance coming through the bottle. So? So I got unscrewed the tip and see if there's a plug and just grab a tiny little needle to push right through it. And that you do. So now you're ready to go. Um, so basically, have your resist you have you tiff. However, if you use your tip quite a bit, nothing's coming through. Great. Now, nothing's really coming through, so I need to make sure that my to is not stuff kind of looks like something stuck. You just grab a little, you know? Can you try and push it through? Here we go. No, I'm good to go. No, this guys ready to go as well. Here we go already. Fly. Now check if it's going through. That's going through, right? Doesn't matter where you start. I started 5. Painting on Silk, The Basics: Okay, So this is our many group project, and what we want to do is we want to try and draw some shapes and see how the color works on it. You can choose a few different options with your pencils. You want to draw with you? Can I suggest drawing with the softest pencil like a six B? But if you have an HBO, you don't have a softer pencil. Make sure you don't have a sharp edge on it. Make sure you have quite a dull edge. So you don't punch her through the So So let's try square. Okay, we'll try a circle, another find another square. All right, So once you've got your shaves again, this is just a practice soak. You can always take the so called is a years Pushpins here is just super easy. So now you get your water based resist, um, minus. You can't get any through, so I just don't push with, you know, get going. And basically you outline your pencil sketches. Now, now, just be careful as you're outlining, so there are no holes through. Otherwise your color leaks through, so don't go too fast. Take it easy. and go through it once you live the water is this Dr. Now you're ready to get painted and get started so you could use a bigger brunch, but I wouldn't suggest for small areas. For small areas, I'd suggest a smaller brush. So you got some water. You ready to get started? So the first technique I'll show you is gonna be wet on wet. So what you want to do is you wanna paint, I guess you want to put some water right around the area. You don't want to get too close to the edges. So you got some water around At this point, you're basically seeing hey, other any leaks around? So you have you water? The reason why I, like this one, is just because it gives a really nice, very nice spread of the water color. So you have your water and your ready to use your fabric paint, so to use for fabric. So it's already diluted for him. And you're basically just put one daughter and you see how the color spread. It's beautiful. So this is one technique cancer on wet cell. And you basically bought blood and you see how the color spreads, so that's one way to color. Gives a beautiful shapes, and you can use darker colors to see Another one that we can use is still wet on wet technique. But instead of having blow us and seeing how the color flows, you can just have one solid color. So what you do is you take your whatever you want on basically you color range through. The color will spread, but you're basically can color the whole shape without letting the color spread too much. So this way you have a more he called shape as you go. And, of course, you can play with the shades and say you'll have darker in the middle. You will let the colors player spread a little bit, but it's a more uniform shake that you get, and the color will flow in this 6. Painting on Silk, The Details: all right, So wet under isil. So your so your brushes fairly dry. So is the silk, and you're basically grab any color you want to think, and this is really good for having small details on yourself, and color will spread on its own on the circus. Well, whether you do dots or whether you colored the whole, the color will spread on this as you wish. So spread slightly differently. You can still do different shades, whether your blood one uniform color. So I just dropped a piece of just a little bit of pain on the kids. So the reason why I like to use this is for higher details. This is where I would use dry, so absurd dry pains. Driwater basically pains, and I would have my drive brush. Can I get my color? It's all fairly dry. This is how you could get find details on silk, so it's all dry and dry. Let's say if you want to draw some leaves, it won't really pass too far. Would you? Could do later is you could do the same detail once your fabric has dried. You can do that on whichever way you decided to draw, But this is how I would get my details say, if I wanted to throw grass. So that's another thing you can do that's driving trucks. And the next thing that I would like to teach you guys is basically wet on wet. But combining different colors. I usually start with the darker color, so I would say Pick red and I let the color spread. That's why I don't wet. There's a little bit of dry. Let the color spread How I wish. So it switched stuff water so it doesn't. It doesn't ruin my later color here, and I have a clean brush to use from a later color. This is if I want just extra different shapes, and I just drop a little bit of a lighter color. In this way, you create again different shapes as well as different colors. You can mix it in and see how they drive together. That's your other option. Now let's say if I wanted once this is quite dry. Let's say if I wanted to draw something Dr Code use dry on dry again, I would use my dry water colors. This is not quite drive. That's Okay, so let's save those dried up. And I wanted to draw tree can go ahead and do that and give it more in detail. So these are your options. Give him come. 7. Step I The Composition: OK, guys. Now let's get started with the composition of the drawing that will be doing and just grab a simple cardboard or paper that's thicker and you can get started drawing on it the size of your frame. Eso outlined the size of the frame into a rectangle and put for squares on the edges. Then we can start applying a rule of thirds and basically have to do. Just divide the paper into two horizontal lines and two vertical lines, and you get nine square. So it's Ah, little rule that's used to make a picture more natural and I pleasing and you're ready. Teoh. Draw your basic shape of a circle, which will remind us of a flower. Skew your picture a little bit to the left or to the right. Same thing goes by, using this rule of thirds where it's ah, it's a little more eye pleasing to see the image flow from side to side. So trying to put the image right in the center of it, though you can if you wish. I use just a basic flower out of my imagination. You could do the same. I would just advise you to use bigger pedals for this class, just so we can really see how the color flows on the silk and one last tip by using the rule of authority. Notice the middle of my flower is right on the grid. There, on they radically. It's supposed to make your image cloning sure being why pleasing and just and interesting technique to use. Now we're ready. With the composition, we have our competition ready. It's gonna be beautiful, flower. We have to put the drawing inside the frame. When you're doing your composition, you can choose a drawing that goes great frame to frame. I choose it to be for to be slightly smaller just because from experience is too difficult to take the paper and take the paper and disturbs the fabric. So I chose slightly smaller than the frame. But what you have to remember is using these corners. So even if you choose something that's this big of a size using these four corners, what's gonna let? Um, you're trying to get through so all you need to do just cut these corners. You can go ahead and put your drawing right, and so it slides easily once you know, you have your drawing underneath. Now you can see the drawing through the soap and you're ready to drive it. All right. My biggest advice to you would be using your very soft pencil. So I have a few options here, so there's to be so that's, uh, somewhat of a softer material. Then you can go higher and softness. So for being six feet, also, make sure even if you don't have these different softness pencils you can use just HB just make sure you don't have a sharp edge. Okay, So if you are gonna use a HB, make sure you you don't have a sharp edge on pencil, so I'll use I'll use for B to draw this and very, very lightly because you don't pierce through through the soak on you are You start off making light strokes off on todo trying. Now you have your pencil outline that you can use 8. Step II Outline: So now you're ready to go. So basically, have your resist you have your tip. However, if you use your too often, please check it with a little needle to make sure there's nothing stopping there. Is this going through? Once you checked it, you're ready to. Doesn't matter where you start. I started on the bottom, and basically what you do now is you outline you're drying. You want to be careful that you don't have any holes because once you have a whole different colors will come through on, it will be a little messy, which is okay, it happens. It happens to a lot before just as you go. You don't want to go through to quit. It's for their. So here. So we outlined everything. Now we're ready to start on the next. So it's just getting slow, right? Check it through one more time blocks. You ready to rock? No, just carefully. You also want to be careful once you get to the edge of the frame because the colors really leak there just because it's on a different surface. So you want to try and stay away from the frame. But I went in a little bit on There might be a mess up and you'll see what it looks like. And here. Is there it Decide. So there we go. Our flowers complete. Now we get a check. If there's any weeks, so let it dry and then give your tip how to check that. Okay, so, uh, once you're ready to test, if you're resist has worked, I you might wanna use some water and just toe plain brush. Uh, I'll put a book, but the contrast in color on the back so you guys can see how this works. So what, you might want to test IHS any part of your flower will leak through. So here you are. You're putting water, so you're just gonna see if anything leaks through check has your checking herself Make sure you don't put too much water and otherwise it'll spread regardless of your water. Resist. So just a little bit of water here in there and see how flows Also make sure you don't go too close to the other pedals that are adjacent to you. Do the pedals that are on their own to make sure that there are no leaks, because when there's something that's adjacent to you, there's no way of knowing if it's actually leaking now pedals to the right there, a little too close to each other. So the only way to check. Really, there's any leaks going through to them. It's from the outside, and as you can see, it's all looking good. Same thing on the step. So just be careful around the frame just because the colors who won't flow differently there you get a lead through. What do we do? Okay, we take our resist back, make sure, uh, make sure that it's all good and then basically, wherever there's a leak, you just going. You add it right across, and that should deal with your leak. Since we're looking good here, we'll just finish with water. 9. Step III Paint your masterpiece: Now that we're ready to paint, you might want to just dampen flower. Okay, or what I'll do is I'll leave one pedal, not dampened at all. We'll see how the color flows there as well. So what you can do so I have a few different options for colors. Okay, I would like my flower to be pink or red, so we'll go with that so you can use specialty colors. I've used solid water colors, too, and they were just fines. So I'll just start with the red color. Go on the outside. Just you go from there, we'll let the flower color flow bridges you can drama with and eventually spread on it. What? Its surface. So you can try that wall in C close so it doesn't spread and you won't have the spreads, but it's still colors the flower fashion. You can mix the colors together. All right, let me show you if suddenly you've got a leak, basically, just grab some water and get rid of the access. And only you want to do is just and they live. This fabric should wash off. Don't worry about it too much. If it happens sometimes with your overly color. It'll blood nicely, so we just leave it along these. And now let's get story working on the background. So I like to do what On what? So basically, you what if the entire surface I do enjoy starting with the lighter color and then slowly going with a dark car between mixing and again, Just be careful around the frame. Just you concede that lurk. The colors do flow is slightly differently there. Yeah, watercolors. The same idea. Here. I'll show you a little bit of wet hairs. It'll do the exact same thing. So no need to worry about buying fancy fabric paints. You're welcome to use whatever material have, so whether it's dry watercolorist before special call like special watercolors pour fabric . As you can see here, this is dry and wet, so it works regardless, and it's just a different technique to use. I love using this dry on wet technique for smaller details, like my stamp on the little pedal. You really couldn't see the detail in there, and you know you won't really miss now. You can also start outlining and perfecting the details with more drier and less amount of color on to make sure you don't miss anything as well as you can start mixing the colors as well. And you can really be giving the flower different shape. More like more darkness. Self painting definitely gives a lot of opportunity to experiment trying new things. So have fun. Guys. Hey, guys. Um, and here we are painting one of one. I hope you enjoy my class. I really appreciate you watching and for supporting me. I really look forward to seeing your joints as well. Please share. I'd be honored to look at them and yeah, thanks a lot by