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Decorate silky surfaces with jewel colours using Sally Southern’s easy guide to silk painting

If you’ve never tried this painting technique before you may be surprised at how easy it is to pick up and how effective the finished results can be! You don’t need a lot of expensive equipment and once you start experimenting with small scale projects such as cards, you’ll soon develop the skills to produce larger and more complex pieces. Create a base to paint on by first stretching a piece of silk tightly over a wooden frame, then draw a design on it using gutta or outliner which comes in a tube. The lines, which are slightly raised when dry, act as a mask and prevent the colours from running into each other when applied to the silk. Once dry, the finished piece can be removed from the frame and mounted onto a card or used to decorate larger items like cushions.

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