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Beginner’s Guide To Silk Painting
Search Press Classics
Mandy Southan

Search Press
23 June 2016/ ISBN 9781782212102
How-To Books/Painting

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Search Press Classics is a series of reissues making bestselling art and craft books available again. All have been picked because they stood the test of time and are still among the best books around to learn from. Here is a reissue of a 1997 title, which tells the beginner how to get started in silk painting.

I remember learning this craft around about that time, but I didn’t have a book as good as this and thus more trial and error was involved. This book is comprised of a number of short chapters showing you simply how to achieve the various effects, taking the guesswork out of it all. These are arranged in three groups from using color to using resists and then moving on with some more advanced techniques. Before that is a section on what you need, unfortunately rather a long one for beginners which encompasses just about everything you could ever need for silk painting. This is handy for those with existing skills who want to branch out, but at least to begin there is a note about what comprises a basic kit, and turning to the back you can find out more about the items. In addition, there are tips on using color, a large color wheel for mixing and advice on common mistakes. The projects hit the ground running with a scarf showing how to paint on damp silk so you can make the use of precious fabric right away without any need for practising and binning expensive resources. Learn how to use salt, gutta, wax, various pastes and mediums and make some home and wardrobe staples like scarves, pillows, wall hangings and pictures. Each project demonstrates how to do a particular technique and all are in the successful Search Press style of captioned photographic steps for a foolproof crafting experience. All in all, this is a most useful addition to the fabric artist’s keeper shelf and no surprise that it is on the classics list.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2016