Tessa Spanton SWA Artist, tutor, writer


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Thursday, 23 June 2011

WORKSHOP Flower Painting with Hidden Gutta Lines

I shall be tutoring this workshop on the Saturday afternoon at The Guild of Silk Painters' Festival of Silk ( Sat 23-Sun 24th July at Wanstead, London E11. For details and booking click here ) No previous experience of drawing or silk painting required. Silk, paints and gutta are available to buy or use for a small fee, Frames, hair dryers and an outline drawing of a flower will be provided or bring your own.
There will be talks and workshops, an exhibition and a fashion show of wearable art.

In the painting above the flower shape has been outlined with clear gutta. This acts a a resist to keep the colour from spreading beyond. When the painting is finished and the colours have been fixed it is washed to remove the gutta leaving the original white of the silk
In the one below the gutta lines are largely hidden as the painting has been built up in layers.

both images (c) Tessa Spanton
Both these images were part of a tutorial that I wrote for Leisure Painter magazine click here if you would like to order a back copy of the magazine from the publisher.