Silk Painting Gallery

Posted by Warren 02/03/2017 1 Comment(s)

Cascade mountain silk painting Pacific Northwest

Paintings on Silk by Warren Hartz

Hand painted with dyes, which merge with the silk fibers, leaving it soft and silky with a luster and depth that sparkles in the light, while paint sits on the surface and stiffens the fabric.

Resists and thickeners are often used for crisp definition, as dyes will all flow together like wet watercolors unless contained.

Mountains and Trees Painted on Silk

On the left is a hand dyed silk painting inspired by Cascade Mountain peaks and valleys, as you might see on hikes around here. The dyed is silk stretched around a 9" x 12" wood frame.

For the "Trees in the Fog" silk painting, resist made from casaba root was mixed with varying amounts of green dye to make some trees appear lighter, thus more distant.

Trees in the Fog silk painting

Paintings hand dyed on silk are beautiful with light shining through from the back, since the dyes become part of the fiber of the silk. UV from bright sunlight will weaken silk over time, so LED or indirect light is best.

Custom Silk Paintings - A Unique Gift

Looking for a unique gift for someone special? Email or call me if you'd like a silk painting. You can see my specialty is mountains, trees, leaves and other natural subjects such as sunsets and waterfalls, but anything is possible.

silk scarf hand painted with autumn leaves

Autumn Leaf Earth Tone Scarf

For this autumn leaf scarf, the leaves were outlined with colored resist, then each leaf was dyed and sprinkled with salt. The background was then blended with dyes applied with sumi brushes. The resist rinses out after setting the dyes, leaving the silk soft and luxurious with rich beautiful colors.

silk mountain painting

Painting on Silk from Your Photos

Mountains near Mt. Robson, Canada are painted on silk using dyes and resists in this 14" x 22" painting of Mica Mountain, B.C., a composite of 3 photos emailed to me by a bed and breakfast. The clouds are made by brushing on water between dyes, much like water colors. I love how the shadows give the mountain depth.

Glacier Peak silk mountain painting

Glacier Peak, North Cascades

Surrounded by other mountains, Glacier Peak makes a classic mountain picture but is not seen from many roads. The painting on the left is based on a photo from a fairly easy, very scenic hike up Johnson Ridge near Skykomish, Washington, with beautiful views across the deep forested valleys to snow covered Glacier Peak.

silk painting hot air balloon sunset

Hot Air Balloons in the Sunset

Graduated from orange to red, to purple, to black, the balloons, sun and water were drawn with colored resist, then the sky blended like watercolors.

Silk throw pillow cover earth tone stone pattern

Stone Pattern Silk Pillow

Decorator pillows can add some character to your room - this one dyed with a design based on sedimentary rocks.

1 Comment(s)

Jeanette Summers:
06/18/2021, 06:12:26 PM

Wish you would create full length videos of your silk painting techniques. I certainly would purchase them!! Your work is beyond amazing!!!Jeanette Summers

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