Techniques

Techniques

I use a range of techniques and processes in my work. Here is a little more information about them.

For tips and tutorials, please do pop over to my Blog!

Silk Painting and Dyeing

Much of my work is based on the traditional techniques of silk painting, batik and shibori.

Silk Painting is normally done by stretching a piece of silk over a wooden frame, applying a resist and then painting inside the shapes with a brush. There are many products and techniques which can be used to enhance the basic process.

Batik is a sequential resist-dyeing process, where hot wax is used to block out areas of the fabric before it is dipped into a dye bath. This is traditionally done on cotton fabric.

Shibori is also a resist-dyeing process, but uses thread (tied or sewn) or clamps to mask off areas of the silk before applying the dye.

The Dyes and Paints I work with are iron fixed silk paints, steam fixed silk dyes (acid dyes) and procion MX dyes, as well as a wide range of other products for resists and embellishments.

I use a number of different designs of Silk Painting Frames, depending on the requirements of the project. I particularly like Siesta Bar Frames and Artys Easi-Fix Frames, and have recently made my own custom silk painting frames, which have been popular with my students.

Can't wait? Want to get started now? You can buy my silk painting starter kit (and other silk painting kits) from my online shop.

Fused Glass

"Glass Fusing is defined as the heat bonding of separate pieces of glass in a kiln. In addition to fusing, other methods you might use while working with kiln-glass include slumping, casting, printing with powders or enamels, torchworking, kilncarving, coldworking, and many more." (Bullseye Glass)

I use a number of these processes, as well as others, to create my fabulous handmade glass pieces for you and your home.