Hummingbirds and Hibiscus Original Silk Painting and Signed Giclee Prints
Inspired by photos that my husband took of hummingbirds on holiday in Antigua, for this painting I treated the silk with a medium to stop the flow of paint. This means that I didn’t need to use gutta. I think the result is more delicate and like watercolour on paper.
My paintings are mainly painted on pure Chinese habotai 8 silk with specialist silk paints. I start each work with a drawing on paper and then trace the image onto a piece of white silk stretched onto a wooden frame. I then apply a special paint called gutta, which contains natural latex called gutta-percha, over my traced lines. This creates a resistive barrier through which the coloured ink will not flow. I apply the coloured ink with a brush and use salt dropped into the ink whilst wet to created textured effects.
The finished painting is removed from the wooden frame, ironed to fix the colour in the fabric and stretched onto acid-free mountboard ready for framing.
You can see a time lapse video of me painting here.
A signed giclee print is printed on fine art 308gsm paper using archival inks and is signed by the artist. It will come mounted in white and packed with a backing board in biodegradable cellophane. It is an open edition so there is no limit to the number of reproductions that can be made. The following size prints are available:
|Size||Mount Size (frame size required)||Actual Image Size|
|40 x 50 cm||40 x 50 cm||39 x 29 cm|
|8 x 10 inch||8 x 10 inch||14.1 x 19 cm|