Miniature Tree Fern



Miniature Tree Fern is part of a collection I painted for my collaborative exhibition with artist Chi-Yien Snow – ‘LUSH – 1 garden 2 artists’. The LUSH exhibition was inspired by visits to the University of Bristol Botanic Garden. There are 16 silk paintings in the LUSH collection each showcasing plants found at the botanic garden. To read more about the LUSH exhibition please visit my blog post.

The original painting will come mounted on a black painted frame – size 50 x 50 cm

My paintings are 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 40 cm 40 x 40 cm 29 x 29 cm

Additional information


Framed Original Silk Painting, Mounted Signed Giclee Print


20 x 20 cm, 30 x 30 cm, 40 x 40 cm, 50 x 50 cm

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