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What is the difference between dye and paint?

“Peacock" (in process), created by participant at Columbus State University workshop, 2015

“Peacock" (in process), created by participant at Columbus State University workshop, 2015

It can be confusing to hear about "painting on silk", along with discussions of dyeing the fabric. Dye is the best way to add color to silk, as it lasts much longer than paint, and it makes your new creation wearable and washable. With dye, the silk retains its supple feel; paint tends to lay on top of the fabric and make it stiff. Once the dye is applied to the silk, given some time to rest, and “fixed” in some manner so that the color won’t wash out, you have a silk painting that is resistant to fading from light or washing.

An article was published in the Athens' Flagpole about the last time I taught silk painting. I enjoyed the experience so much - I loved meeting new people who were eager to learn about the process. You can read the full article here.

One of the students in the class was in an official capacity as signer for another student. After watching many a signer work at UGA events I was mesmerized by his interpretations of my words! I was honored to have his help.

One of the students in the class was in an official capacity as signer for another student. After watching many a signer work at UGA events I was mesmerized by his interpretations of my words! I was honored to have his help.

NEW SILK PAINTING CLASS

I've partnered with the wonderful "new" (one year old now!) independent art store in downtown Athens, GA to teach a silk painting class on April 9th, 2016. I'd love to see you there!  Click here for more information. Feel free to hit reply to this message to let me know what YOU would like to know about the process of silk painting. I'd be happy to answer your questions!
 

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Silk Painting with René Shoemaker
April 9th, 2016

KA Artist Shop
127 N. Jackson St., 
Athens, GA
1.706.850.1224