Silk painting with Aaina Women’s Group and West Hampstead Women’s Group

On the 20th June I visited Aaina and West Hampstead Women’s groups to continue working on the group’s silk scrolls. So far the ladies have dyed their long pieces of silk lots of very different and vibrant colours. They have also planned and sketched the drawings they will apply to their silks which are inspired by the themes of ’Travel’ and ‘Journeys’ with the ladies thinking about the long journeys they made in moving to England many years ago. Once they have their drawings on paper the ladies put their paper under their silk and trace over the lines using a special Gutta pen.  The group will then apply silk paints to add lots of exciting colours to their silks. So far the groups have created some incredibly beautiful and very skilled designs and are currently enjoying experimenting with the variety of colours and effects the silk paints can achieve. Here are some pictures of the groups, their designs and the Gutta  and painting process;

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