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Beginner's Guide to Silk Painting (Search Press Classics) Paperback – 29 Sep 1997

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press (29 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0855328029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0855328023
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 0.6 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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Renowned silk painter Mandy Southan's is a must. With 12 beautifully illustrated -a perfect book for beginners, but also ideal for those who want to improve their skills. --Love to Make

This is undoubtedly the best book available to anyone whether a beginner or experienced silk painter, all the techniques are clearly illustrated and explained. A perfect opportunity to add to your bookshelf. --Guild of Silk Painters

About the Author

Mandy Southan trained at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design where she gained a degree in Fashion and Textile Design. She designs and produces printed and hand-painted silks for retail and commission. Mandy is a founder member and chairman of the Guild of Silk Painters. She teaches art, silk painting and design at Hastings College and she gives silk painting demonstrations to art groups and societies. Mandy lives in Hastings and exhibits in galleries in East Sussex.


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A visually attractive book but I believe the instructions are too scant for a complete beginner to the art form. The notes that accompanied my two-hour taster session (at Centre Parcs, Longleat) are considerably more useful and comprehensive.
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This book contains most of the techniques you can use when you start painting on silk. I had some experience already with pre-gutta silk, and there are a lot of other things to be done and materials to be used, as I learned from this book. The pictures are very clear, there is a list of the names of all the materials, and it seems to be complete.
I also ordered the Shirbori-book by the same author, I use that more because it appeals to me more but I do not regret buying this book. They are both great to learn from and as a simple reference.
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Well organised and illustrated simple guide to silk painting, using straightforward language and suggesting easy and actually quite attractive projects! [unlike some craft books!] Cheap enough just to buy to find out if the craft is for you.
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I've always liked the idea of silk painting but hadn't a clue where to start - What materials, paints and dyes would I use? How would I stop paints bleeding? How do I 'fix' the paints? This book answers all these questions and more.

There is a very visual aspect to the book, the photos of the finished projects are lovely and inspiring. There is also good use of instructional photos accompanied by well-written and informative text that is clear and easy to understand. The materials used are also well presented with good explanations as to their purpose and value, an excellent, more in-depth description of these is contained in the glossary.

The use of colour is often overwhelming for beginners and I like that this book uses just six colours, based on the primary colours, for all twelve projects. The large colour wheel shows what great variety you can get from these.

The book explains how to work with 'resists' in order to contain the paints and to prevent bleeding, as well as creating ordered patterns or random effects. It also shows how to produce unique and unpredictable textured effects, such as using a variety of salts, creating lovely flecking and streaking.

The only thing I felt was missing was a short guide to the history/origins of silk painting, but that's just me being a history buff, the book is technically and visually excellent.

All in all I would highly recommend this lovely book written by the very talented and knowledgeable Mandy Southan, I'm delighted to own a copy.
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I have just taken up silk painting as a new hobby and I am finding this excellent book very useful.There are twelve step by step, well illustrated projects,using a range of techniques from simply painting onto wet or dry silk to using gutta,wax or salt granules.The projects give an introduction to basic silk painting skills but also provide a good starting point for being creative and developing your own ideas. I am particularly pleased to find the chapters showing basic materials and colour mixing plus a comprehensive glossary.I am confident that they will be a constant source of reference. This book is perfect for beginners but is also ideal for those who want to progress further with this craft.
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This is truly a beautiful book! More importantly it is an excellent beginners guide to this art form. It very clearly explains/shows what materials you will require and takes you step-by-step through the 12 projects - using beautiful detailed photographs. Each of these is numbered and has a small amount of information written alongside. Art/craft books laid out in this manner are (in my opinion) so much better. I loathe the books which waffle on for far too long, until your head is buzzing with overload of detail. Also, so many get it so wrong when they don't give you enough photos/pictures.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone wishing to give silk painting a go. It very straightforwardly covers such a vast variety of techniques - using salt, gutta, wax, outliner and much, much more. Before you know it you will be creating your very own beautiful silk masterpieces.
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I am interested in silk painting and wanted to take my techniques further, and this book will let me do that.
It was very inexpensive and is amazing value for the advice and instruction it gives.
It is well laid out, with colour photographs all the way through, and step by step projects to follow.

A recommended read for silk painters.
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well written .simple instructions I have only just begun silk painting and I have found it very useful
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