Art on Silk Hoops

By Padrick, Deborah | Arts & Activities, December 2012 | Go to article overview
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Art on Silk Hoops

Padrick, Deborah, Arts & Activities





Primary and elementary students will ...

* understand foreground and background while creating an outline drawing to be used on a silk hoop.

* learn to use new materials, resists and dyes on silk.

* explore the movement of liquid colors on silk and create tints and blends.


* Paper, pencils, permanent black markers

* Pre-stretched silk on 9-inch hoops

* Permanent water-based resist

* Squeeze bottles, "nib tips"

* Dye-Na-Flow liquid colors

* Brushes, water containers, plastic ice-cube trays (for use as palettes)

* Silk salt (optional)

Painting on silk has a magic all its own. Versions of painting on silk can be found throughout the world from Japan and Europe to the United States. Themes for the paintings can be most any type of design or imagery.

Applying the liquid dyes is exciting, as the vivid liquid colors flow and blend into the fabric. The process captures students' attention and imaginations, and they take great pride in their art accomplishments.

The colorful finished silk hoops can be hung on a wall or in a window and many of the students' families even choose to have the silk artworks professionally framed. This art process is a winner for all ages.

DEVELOPING A DESIGN ON PAPER Start by having the students trace the size of the silk hoop on paper with a pencil. Within the circle on paper, create an outline design. Any theme works, but here are some theme ideas: butterflies for kindergarten, fish for first grade, birds for second and mammals for grades 3-4. The imagery in the drawing should be fairly large and the lines of the shapes complete. For older students discuss foreground and background. Finish the preliminary drawing by overlapping the pencil drawing with a dark color pen.

APPLYING RESIST TO THE SILK Decant the water-based resist into the 1/2-ounce plastic bottle, replace the top of the plastic bottle and screw on the drawing "nib tip.

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