January’s Frosty Morning Original Silk Painting and Limited Edition Prints
This painting was for my twelve days of Christmas project in 2015. Each day I looked ahead to the months of the next year starting, of course, with January.
Sometimes January can seem a hard slog compared with the excitement of December. It’s back to work and there’s all those New Year’s resolutions to uphold…. We need something to lift our hearts and I hope January will deliver at least one or two of those beautiful, sunny, frosty mornings where the sound of the birds singing fills us with joy. I’ve never tried painting frost on silk before so I found this quite a technical challenge.
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 Limited Edition Print is printed on fine art 308gsm paper using archival inks and is signed by the artist. The number of prints is limited to 100. The following sizes are available:
|Size||Mount Size (frame size required)||Actual Image Size|
|30 x 30 cm||30 x 30 cm||19 x 19 cm|
|20 x 20 cm||20 x 20 cm||14 x 14 cm|