Art textiles

Silk painting – seasonal and festive cards with Hilary Simon

Ref: S1D09284

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About this course

Explore silk painting techniques to create exciting effects in vibrant colours to make a range of personalised seasonal greeting cards.

Course Description

In this silk painting workshop you will make a range of personalised seasonal greeting cards, which will be individually designed and painted onto silk fabric. Your paintings can later be set in a series of window mounted greeting cards.

The day offers the opportunity to explore many techniques which can be applied to silk to create exciting effects - using the gutta gum as a resist line to draw the image, or approaching the silk with more fluid painting with dyes. The tutor will give a demonstration to explain all the methods, and then the selection of approaches offered with dyes, salt effects, layering, and alcohol application, to create subtle results.

All levels welcome! In this very enjoyable workshop where everyone will achieve stunning works. The dyes are vibrant and they flow on the silk beautifully and mix well together. Artists with watercolour backgrounds enjoy this media, as it is similar.

These unique cards for friends and family will be fun to make and a wonderful gift.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • All dyes/pigments and gutta for use during the day, together with 0.5 metre of habutai silk fabric and a set of 10 cards and envelopes. Silk painting equipment to use on the day is also included.

What students need to bring

  • Any images or inspiration you would like to bring to work from
  • An apron to protect your clothes
  • Any sable or good quality watercolour brushes if you have some

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A selection of brushes

Please note: Due to time constraints, your work will be steam-fixed to set the dyes by the tutor after the course and posted to you by the following week after the course.

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