6000 Meadowbrook Mall CourtSuite 7A
Tues - Fri 10 - 6 and Sat 10 - 3
- Dyed paintings and wall/window hangings use Habotai 8 mm silk stretched and glued on coated metal wire circles or squares.
- She also creates vibrantly colored fabric which she transforms into 'wearable art', such as scarves, ties, broaches and more.
- Most recently Christine started experimenting mounting her Silk paintings onto Canvas.
Christine's beautiful work can be found at the following web addresses and are available for purchase and custom orders:
- PORTFOLIO of her work features almost everything she has painted in the last few years: http://picasaweb.google.com/Christine.U.Davis/DesignsOnSilk
- ETSY: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5335614
Below are a set of questions that were asked of her and her responses.......
What is your favorite color combination? blue & more blue :)
What are your favorite materials? Silk
Any tips of wisdom on selling handmade stuff? I wish. :)
Apart from creating things, what do you do? working at Bank of America
What has been the most valuable lessons learned from other artists? Don't give up
***In ten years I'd like to be... <-- less in debt then now? :)
Other links or information you want to share? http://www.dharmatrading.com/ <-- which is where I buy most of my supplies from. I will keep other events & links coming.
- The Serti (closing or fence) technique is the silk painting technique where designs are formed with gutta or water-based resists, which are applied to white silk that has been pre-washed, dried and stretched (on a stretcher). Once the gutta or water-based resist has dried, it acts as a barrier for the dye or paint—keeping the color within the outlined areas of the design and allowing you to achieve sharply defined borders. (Without this barrier, the dye or paint would flow into more of an abstract, undefined pattern.) After the dye or paint has been properly set, the clear gutta or resist is removed and a defining line the color of the original fabric remains. Colored guttas and resists are also available that are meant to remain in the fabric.
- Detailed patterns without resists can be achieved by instead priming the prewashed and stretched silk with a stop-flow primer which is left to dry before painting on the dyes or paints. The color will stay where you put it, rather than migrating. Allows for freehand painting without gutta or water-soluble resists.
- Watercolor-like effects can be achieved by applying dye or paint to silk that has been pre-washed and put on stretcher bars whether or not you are using resists (but not if you are using stop-flow). Dyes or paints are applied to the silk with a paint brush, mist sprayer, eye dropper, or other tools to achieve abstract effects. Spraying the silk lightly with water before adding color increases the flow of the dye or paint. Sprinkling silk salt on the piece when still wet, and leaving till completely dry before brushing off the salt, produces interesting textural effects. Applying alcohol to dye-painted silk also creates beautiful effects.
- Step 1: Pre-washing your silk
- Step 2: Preparing your design
- Step 3: Making a Stretcher Frame
- Step 4: Stretching your silk
- Step 5: Applying gutta or resist
- Step 6: Applying dyes or paints
- Step 7: Setting/Fixing the color, either with heat, steam or a chemical fixative
Once you have worn your scarf and it needs to be washed, please use a mild soap and delicate setting, or hand wash using cold/warm water.
If your scarf has a gutta design, please iron on the back side.