Silk Painting Workshops with Patti Pease Johnson – June 11, 2016


Saturday, June 11:  9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.       $50 ($45 WAC members) plus $10 supply fee

It’s all about playing with colors!

Experience the unique qualities of painting an 8” x 53” silk crepe scarf with liquid dyes. Workshop includes an introduction on color theory to choose your 3 colors, then stretching the floating scarf on the frame. Instructor Patti Pease Johnson provides all the supplies. Just show up and have fun with your personal creative time.

Each student receives personal help from instructor on mixing colors using the four printing process colors: cyan, magenta, yellow & black, or use available premixed colors. This workshop includes an introduction on color theory. You are encouraged to play with colors using a brush to apply liquid dyes directly onto silk in a freestyle form of painting. Learn techniques such as wet on wet, wet on dry, and salt to create different surface textures on your abstractive style scarf painting. The result is your one-of-a-kind design on a stylish 8” x 53” scarf.  PLUS, in the final hour, you will use hot wax with the tjanting tool on China silk to draw a design and then paint an 8” x 8” wall artwork. Beginning and experienced artists ages 18 & up welcome.


Saturday June 11:  1:30-5 p.m.   $50 ($45 WAC members) plus $10 supply fee

In this 3 1/2-hour session, students will create a 12 x18” painting on China silk. First is stretching the silk on a frame, second is drawing your design on the silk, and next is using the wax tjanting tool to outline the design and create a resist line for the dyes. An 8×8” sampler will be done before moving to the larger silk piece, as a way to get comfortable with the hot wax tjanting tool. All colors are achieved by premixing the four process colors, or mixing them directly on the silk. This class is a great way to have fun with the instant results of dyes and make a personal statement with your own artwork. Silk painting experience or completion of the beginning silk scarf class recommended but not required. Students should have a design concept in mind from an original photograph or bring in some plant material or objects for an idea. Good composition discussed. Instructor help for each student’s design ideas. Open to ages 18 & up.

Workshops will be held in the Bunkhouse next to the Firehouse Gallery at 67-1201 Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea.  Call the gallery at 887-1052 or email Karen Alexander at to register. Registration and payment is due by May 31.  Check made payable to Waimea Arts Council.

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