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  1. I had a great time this week working on Liz Climo’s lovely free colouring page. It was originally A4 size so I enlarged it a bit and printed it out so I could trace it on to silk. It was a great exercise in fine outlining work and quite relaxing as I knew I couldn’t sell it. Besides, I rather fell in love with the octopus! My version is approx 18 inches square.
    Here’s a few pictures (I forgot to take progress pictures of this one … sorry!)

    If you like this idea, there are loads of free colouring pages out there on the internet, which are great to paint when you are getting started, but please remember that you can’t sell them.
    If you would like to find out more about developing your own designs, book a place on my Inspiration Day to find out how!  (NB: Some prior silk painting experience is required).

    For those who don’t know who Liz Climo is, she’s a fabulous web comic artist and Simpsons animator. You can see more of her work here:

    Here's the link to Liz's free colouring page:

    Happy painting!

  2. I have been having fun this week with a couple of new silk painted pieces, so I thought I'd share some progress pictures with you. These are 18" squares, which may turn into pictures or cushion covers at a later date depending on how they turn out. I really enjoy creating these pieces, and often use them as trials for larger items such as scarves.

    Once you have drawn your outlines and let them dry, it can be quite relaxing painting them. It makes a nice change from those adult colouring books which are in fashion at the moment, and you get a fantastic textile piece for your efforts rather than a bit of paper!

    If working with outliner isn't your thing, you can also buy all sorts of cards / scarves / cushion covers etc. with pre-printed designs on them - check out Silkcraft and Rainbow Silks who have quite a wide range. If you shop at Silkcraft, you can use the code GUILD1 for free P&P on your first online order.

    If you'd like to improve your outliner skills so you can create exciting silk pieces like these for yourself, then consider booking a place on one of my fabulous silk painting courses.

    In other news, I also now accept "CraftCourses" gift vouchers, as well as offering my own gift vouchers.

    Have fun!

    Jane :)

    Note: If you tend to use your colouring book to while away the time on trains, planes or in other moving vehicles then you may wish to stick with the paper version!

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  3. Welcome to my newly redesigned website with its fancy new integrated blog. I'm really excited about this new opportunity to bring you news and information (and occasional giveaways, book reviews and product reviews) about the wonderful world of silk painting and textile art.

    I recently visited The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court, and will be doing a guest blog post about that for the lovely Nicola at I look forward to being able to show you all the fascinating and wonderful things I found, and tell you about the lovely people I met.

    I am also pleased to let you know that I am officially a book reviewer for the prestigious Search Press, so will be bringing you all sorts of gorgeous publications very soon!

    I hope you are all having a most fabulous summer, and look forward to catching up with you on one of my Silk Painting Courses very soon!

    Jane x

    PS If you want to keep in touch, please do join my mailing list to receive occasional newsletters.
    Gina Langridge
    21/9/2015 08:27:47

    This website looks fabulous! And you have impressive credentials. I hope they give people a clue to how passionate you are about silk painting and how much fun your classes are!

    Are the classes still the same size or do you have more space now? I was just wondering because being part of a group of four meant we all got a lot of individual input from you.

    21/9/2015 20:37:33

    Hi Gina.

    Thanks so much for your lovely comments. Yes my classes are currently still the same size - just 4 students. I've updated the website to make that clear. Look forward to seeing you again soon!

    Jane :)