Christine Young demonstrates her silk-scarf resist-painting technique.
Creative spirit Christine Young is immersed in art full time and one her latest creations is her silk scarf resist paintings.
Materials and Tools:
plywood or foam core baseboard
adhesive-backed paper tape
container of water
watercolor paper or illustration board
mat board and mat cutter
1. Find a cool scarf, perhaps an old one in the closet or check out local dollar and thrift stores for scarves. Lacy, fringy, silky scarves work best for resist painting.
2. Prepare the watercolor paper or illustration board by taping it to the back of a piece of plywood or foam core using adhesive-backed paper tape.
3. Wet the paper using a sponge and water. Cover the paper with water. Let it dry.
4. Lay the scarf on top of the prepared paper and position it in different ways to create an interesting composition.
5. Spray the scarf with water. The scarf will adhere to the paper and create an abstract pattern.
6. Put chosen colored inks and/or liquid watercolors into squeeze bottles and spray bottles using 50 percent water. Consider the final design before applying colors to the painting.
7. Begin spraying and dripping colors onto the paper and scarf. Add clear water to dilute and mix colors as you paint.
8. Let the colors spread along the fabric and fringe. The scarves are great carriers for the inks and liquid watercolors, but this technique takes patience.
9. Pull the scarf off when the paper is slightly damp, somewhere between one and three hours after the color has been applied.
10. Use paintbrushes and sponges to add or take away color and design. Examine the piece and decide on the desired look for the resist painting. The following questions may be of some help:
11. Let the resist painting totally dry. Remove it from the wood backing by cutting through the paper tape around the edges of the paper. Some tape will remain on the piece.
12. Add lines or fill in with colored pencils to add depth or form to the painting.
13. Make a double white mat and tape the resist painting to the mat. Note: Complicated or heavy matting and framing is not recommended for the silk scarf resist painting.