Beginning & Intermediate Silk Painting Workshop – May12th – $45

Rene Shoemaker 3

Saturday May 12, 2012
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Beginners will learn to paint your own delicate silk scarf, vivid wall hanging, or custom pillow cover. Silk is a fabulous fabric that takes color wonderfully. Rene will teach you:

  • how to paint on silk with dyes
  • how to mix dyes to achieve the colors you want
  • how to stretch your silk to paint it
  • how to use gutta resist
  • how to set the dye and wash your silk
  • various ways to achieve the imagery or design you want

Here’s a peek into what you’ll be doing.

For the students who have worked with these materials before, they can now consider how to move to the next level. A different-sized silk, a colored gutta resist perhaps, or maybe paint on a jaquard silk – where a design is woven right into the white silk? Or try using salt to create bursts of light in your design, or becoming more sophisticated mixing colors. There will be an extra supplies fee for special projects, only for the extra supplies we need to order for you. If you are interested in making something different than a 22×22 inch China silk scarf/banner; let us know at least one week before the class so that we can be sure to get your special supply in time.

About Rene:

Rene Shoemaker is a fine artist who creates textile art on silk.  Using dyes as her paint and silk as her canvas, she seeks to capture the beauty in the every day surroundings we live in.  Graduating with a fine art degree from the University of Georgia was only the beginning for Shoemaker – she considers her real training to have come from life, living, and her interactions with people, places and things.  Her pleasure in silk painting pours through in the relationships she creates via colors, lines, shapes, and balance.  To Shoemaker, silk is a medium that speaks of light and movement, texture and weight, delicately voicing her artistic understanding of both place and community. You can view her work online at

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