- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beginner's Guide to Silk Painting (Search Press Classics) Paperback – 29 Sep 1997
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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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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.
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.
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.
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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I cannot recommend this book enough. Easy to follow instructions with bright pictures. I can't wait to get started. I just have to decide on what to make. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I recently won this lovely book for my teenage age daughter who loves anything art related. She gave silk painting a try and really enjoyed it and this book was a good help.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
My daughter had this and found it was really good book even for a beginner, step by step guide and was easy for her to followPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Silk Painting was something I wanted to try and I am pleased to say using this book gave me the confidence to have I go! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great step by step book..could be simplified for real beginners and practice pages would be great :) i recieved this for free to review but if u was serious about silk painting as... Read morePublished 6 months ago by lisa williams
I recently used the book to encourage a relative to take up Silk painting, the technical support was great in clear understandable instructions. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kelly Knowles
I have never done any silk painting and to be honest, I wouldn't know where to start! This is where this book comes in. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer