Resistance to silk painting – wax (batik) and gutta

Painting on silk usually requires some kind of resistance, otherwise the colors will spread on the silk uncontrollably. Once the dye is applied to the silk, it cannot be easily or effectively removed so resistance can play a major role in your painting.

The most popular protests are wax and gutta. The area where they are placed on the silk will not be penetrated by the dye. You can then paint other areas, knowing that the paint will only go where you want it. However, silk can be very unknown which is a blessing and a curse! With the best of intentions in the world, things can (and often do) happen, let’s say, all of a sudden, so you shouldn’t worry too much about it and try to see every accident as an opportunity. . You will quickly learn your tricks to hide any ‘mistakes’ and get rid of most paintings if the dye leaks from the resistance. This is why popular themes are flowers, landscapes, etc., to which ‘extra’ tree / leaf / leaf can be easily added if the color leaks!

Resist wax It is also known as batik and is used worldwide in fabric design. Batik wax is heated in a pot and dripped or painted on silk to create a resistance. In this way, many colors can be made on silk, with wax covering each layer. The main limitation of wax resistance is that it is difficult to prevent fine details in this way.

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Gutta is a rubber-based liquid that is available in a variety of colors as well as clear. You draw it on your silk as an outline which can then be painted using iron or vapor-fixing colors. If you are thinking of using Gutta, one tip: be sure to buy the snippet in a small plastic bottle with a lid, not the type that comes in a tube. It is a nightmare to use tube material !!! The bottle type can be very frustrating, but with some practice you should be fine. You can trace a design on your silk and then go for it with the wrist. It takes about half an hour to dry before painting. The main disadvantage of gutta is that it leaves out the outline of ‘stained-glass’ effect which many people associate with silk painting. If you like this effect, well, if you don’t, you have to find your own style!

Pre-gutta design

It is possible to purchase silk with a pre-printed design. This is great if you are just starting silk painting as it allows you to forget the outline and continue your painting. I would strongly recommend starting with a pre-printed gutta design before trying to make your own. For a great silk painting kit for beginners, please visit my website

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