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« on: June 30, 2011 10:55:19 PM »

Hi. I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right forum, because I'm actually wanting to *paint* silk, but maybe you all can help me anyway?

I have a square silk scarf (21.5") that I want to paint (with Pebeo Setacolor paints), but I didn't realize before I placed my order that you need to stretch out your silk some way to paint on it. I don't have any kind of stretching frame, nor do I understand how they work, nor do I have the money to buy one anyway. Is there another way to hold the silk for painting that can be done on the cheap?



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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2011 03:37:47 PM »

holistic knitter just posted a painting on silk and it looks like she used an embroidery hoop to stretch her silk.  You can get those pretty cheap at Michaels, or I see them at thrift stores all the time.  It will restrict your working space, though.  But maybe you can find a really big one?


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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2011 08:53:43 AM »


using this idea i made a frame for scarves out of cardboard strips glued together, safety pins and elastics. worked just fine!  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2012 10:05:12 AM »

I've done this kind of painting before and I just bought a large stretched canvas with a wood frame, cut the canvas off the frame, pounded nails every so often around the frame.  I used heavy duty office clips to hold the edge of the silk and and tied rubber bands to the clips, then looped the rubber bands around the nails until I had a nice tension on the silk.  You can also use large safety pins instead of clips but you will end up with small holes in your silk.  That's a sturdy, reusable silk painting frame that costs under 15 bucks, less if you can catch an artist canvas sale at Hobby Lobby.

This method gives you complete access to all the silk and keeps it uniformly taut during the painting process.  Once you wet the silk it will stretch and you will likely have to adjust the tension on your rubber bands, but that's a quick fix.

Ha- I just read what the previous poster linked at Dharma.  Yep, that's where I got the idea - I couldn't remember where I'd seen it before.
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2014 01:36:21 PM »

I used masking tape and a laundry basket to stretch some habotai silk for painting.  Another time, I used masking tape and an old picture frame.

I... was too lazy to build a frame and I didn't want to use pins that would leave holes in the silk.  I've got pics somewhere...
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