Two for Joy – Magpies and Magnolia, Hand Painted Silk. Mounted to fit frame size 60 x 80 cm.
I have recently been very inspired by oriental art including the traditional silk paintings of birds and wildlife. I thought I would have a go at my own series of oriental art inspired bird paintings with my own twist. Magpies aren’t my favourite birds because they are pretty mean to smaller garden birds but their plummage is very striking.
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 is an open edition so there is no limit to the number of reproductions that can be made.