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Unusual Silk Gifts

Unusual Silk Gifts from Artist Stephanie Gay

Are you looking for unusual silk gifts? In addition to my original silk paintings and giclee prints, I am excited to be able to offer a range of silk jewellery and cufflinks. Each item is made from hand painted crepe de chine silk mounted in a silver plated setting. All items can be gently hand washed and come with a soft cotton storage bag. Please visit my jewellery page to see the items I currently have available. I also take commissions so please contact me if you are looking for something specific.

Silk Jewellery and Cufflinks

 

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Silk Gift For Her

 

In December 2020, I received an exciting phone call from Andy who wanted a special anniversary gift for his wife. He had seen my painting of Hummingbirds and Hibiscus and it reminded him of their wedding in Antigua surrounded by beautiful flowers and wildlife. He decided that he would commission a painting as a special silk gift for her. He had some beautiful photographs of their wedding and I was able to use the stunning view from his photograph and add some bougainvillea and hummingbirds using photographs that my husband took when we visited Antigua a couple of years ago.

If you would like a special silk gift for a woman in your life, please take a look at my available original paintings or perhaps think about commissioning something unique and personalised.

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. On this painting I have painted the silk with a special medium to stop the paint from running before hand painting on the colour using watercolour brushes. You can see some videos of me in action here.

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.

 

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Silk Gift For Him

 

Silk Gift for Him - Crete 2018
Crete 2018

In October 2020, I was contacted by a lovely lady called Deborah who wanted a special anniversary gift for a her husband. She liked my style of landscape painting but wanted something that would bring back happy memories and be a unique gift for him. We discussed various options for subject matter, size and budget and she sent me some photographs. I was delighted that one of them was this fantastic view of the coast in Crete where they had had a very happy holiday in 2018. I felt it would really work well as a silk painting and Deborah commissioned me to paint this as a unique silk gift for him. Painting this brought back happy memories of a holiday I had in Crete with my family in 2016 so it was an absolute joy to paint.

If you would like a special silk gift for a man in your life, please take a look at my available original paintings or perhaps think about commissioning something unique and personalised.

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. On this painting I have painted the silk with a special medium to stop the paint from running before hand painting on the colour using watercolour brushes. You can see some videos of me in action here.

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.

 

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Special Birthday Gift

I was given these beautiful tulips as a special birthday gift by the long-suffering Mr G for my lockdown birthday in 2020. The intensity of colour just filled me with joy so I had to do a little painting of them.

Birthday Tulips
Birthday Tulips

Would you like a special birthday gift for your loved one? Why not have a browse of my original silk paintings and giclee prints that are available to buy online? Or if you want something truly unique why not commission a painting of their favourite flowers!

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.

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Silk Anniversary Gift

So delighted that my silk painting ‘Gin and Tit’ was recently bought as a unique silk anniversary gift! I wasn’t aware that the traditional gift for a 12th wedding anniversary in the UK and 4th anniversary in the USA is something made of silk. The tradition of giving certain gifts for anniversaries can be traced back to the Roman Empire and medieval Germany. Apparently the Romans used to adorn their wives with a wreath of silver after 25 years of marriage (I wish :-)! ) In the 18th century the Germans started to develop the idea of different gifts for the other years. Anyway, I was tickled pink that I was able to contribute to someone’s special anniversary celebration in this way!

Gin and Tit Silk Anniversary Gift
Gin and Tit

‘Gin and Tit’ is part of my ‘Birds Behaving Badly’ series. In this series I explore the idea of birds up to mischief and in various compromising positions and just generally let my crazy imagination run riot. Many of my ideas also stem from my love of a good (or very bad!) word pun….

Do you have a silk anniversary is coming up soon? Why not have a browse through my available original paintings or get in touch to talk about a personalised silk painting. Perhaps a beautiful landscape that means something to you or your favourite birds, animals or flowers. I can work from photographs and even accommodate the colour scheme for your home! I’d love to create something special that will give pleasure for years to come.