The paintings in this gallery are framed using UV protective glass and archival mats. More on painting on silk
About Silk Painting
Painting on silk using wax resist techniques and various colorants has been documented back to the second century A.D. Gutta resist, a clear thick liquid harvested from the pallaquium tree and then refined is a more recent development. The gutta resist technique may have originated in the Indonesian islands, where the pallaquium tree grows. When applied to silk, gutta withstands dye and keeps it from spreading.
Silk painting made its way from India and Java to Europe and eventually to America. In the 1920’s, painting on silk became very popular in France but it wasn’t until the 1970’s that silk painting really began to be popularized by artists is the United States.
I use French dyes and the gutta resist technique, also called the serti technique, to produce my paintings. I like using the very intense dyes on the luminous silk. When the paintings are matted on a white background the opacity increases and the dyes become even more intense.
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