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Inspired by the Garden: Painting on Silk


Monday 8th June - Tuesday 9th June

We are delighted that inspirational artist Hilary Simon is returning to the Garden House for a two-day workshop teaching the French technique of ‘Painting on Silk’ using gum resist ‘gutta’ and vibrant translucent dyes. The results are gorgeous!

Following an introduction to the materials, artist and expert tutor Hilary will demonstrate painting on silk with the gum resist ‘gutta’, using steam-fix dyes to dye the silk.  Other techniques include using salt, layering, alcohol, plus different ways of applying the dyes and gum resist.

Over the two days you will have the time to learn the techniques, experiment and then design and paint a silk square for yourself to take home. Inspired by the autumn garden and other natural forms, you will start by drawing on paper, then transfer this onto the silk material.

The colours flow onto the silk smoothly and paintings evolve like magic – it is easy to grasp the technique, is very rewarding, and results are immediate!

All abilities are welcome.

Day 1: Demonstration by Hilary, with participants practising and making samples on small frames

Day 2: Design a silk square, 38 cms x 38 cms – a perfect size for framing, hanging, or ready to fix and hem for a cushion or a pocket square, or for another decorative use.

You will leave with your silk piece, plus all the information you need to be able to continue at home.

Have a look at Hilary Simon’s website for more wonderful images, plus information about her interesting and creative career.

Cost: £190 each person – to include all materials, refreshments and a delicious home made vegetarian lunch

Dates:  Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 June, 10am to 4.30pm each day

BOOK ONLINE. If you are unable to pay online, please contact us to find out about alternative ways of paying

Venue: The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, Brighton BN1 4NT


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