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Painting on Silk, Inspired by the Garden: 2-day Workshop

Wednesday 13th November - Thursday 14th November

We are delighted to invite inspirational artist Hilary Simon back 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.

Following an introduction, artist and expert tutor Hilary will demonstrate painting on silk with the gum resist ‘gutta’ and 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 and gorgeous!

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.  www.hilarysimon.co.uk

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

Dates:  Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 November 2019, 10am to 4.30pm each day

PLEASE 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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