How do you Paint on Silk?

I am often asked about painting with dyes, here is a brief description.

First the silk is washed to remove any gummy silk protein residue from the fabric.  The silk is then pinned to a stretcher to keep it taut.   The design aspect can be free hand and loose, or more structured with the use of gutta or resist, which creates barriers on the stretched fabric to prevent the dye from spreading. Once the design and painting are done (and this can be several days as required for the size and complexity), the silk is rolled in paper, sealed and steamed for 2 - 3 hours.  This heat process adheres the dyes to the silk proteins and the dyes become more brilliant.  Then repeated washings until excess the dye is removed, and finally ironing.  The process is magical and quite unforgiving of errors.  Once my brush touches the silk, I am lost for many happy hours.

Help Center - Frequently Asked Questions

Care of Silk

Silk is uniquely durable and delicate at the same time. Do not spot clean.  Please hand wash your scarf in lukewarm water with a  gentle soap, and thoroughly rinse. Do not wring or twist. Roll in a towel, and while still damp, iron on silk setting. Do not use the iron spray feature as this could spot darker colors. If your scarf has embellishments, iron on the reverse side.  Wear your Art with everything and enjoy!


What are the payment options?

Payment accepted with Credit Card, Paypal,and e-transfer.  Cash on local pickup. 
Commissioned work requires a non refundable 50% deposit on approved renderings of design.  Final payment due at time of shipping/pick up.
Payment at time of invoicing/shipping.

What is your return policy?

I want you to be happy!  If for some reason you are not, please contact me to return the item and to arrange a  replacement of a similar item for the same value.

Currency and the shipping options?

Prices are in Canadian dollars and  do not include shipping. Shipping will be arranged per your instruction with tracked regular or expedited mail service.  Custom fees or duties are not included.

Do you have any retail locations? 

Yes!  I am delighted to have stock at the following locations: 

  • Artisans' Studio, 70 Bastion Street, Nanaimo,  BC Canada                                            250-753-6151

  • Neck of the Woods General Store, 28 Roberts St., Ladysmith, BC Canada                 250-924-1282

  • Chemainus Theatre Gallery Gift shop 9737 Chemainus Road, Chemainus, BC           250-246-9132