Using Anti-fusant and Mixed Media on Silk Paintings

Introduction by Barbara Gabogrecan

I am so delighted that Tina Lane has written another post.

Most silk painters do not mix their media as Tina has done with this tiger painting. I am so impressed though, that I am dying to try such a mix myself. It may not suit silk scarves (wearable art) but as a framed painting it would be fantastic.

Barb
What do you think of this ‘Tiger Painting’?

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My ‘Tiger Painting’
In order to control the spread of the paint within the face of the tiger I used a coating of anti-fusant. It is quite a smelly substance but once it is dry that is no longer the case. Once dry I used a soft pencil to lightly outline the main features of the face, eyes, nose and black fur markings.

Next I began to add the details with a fairly dry brush and gradually built up the textures of the fur and details within the eyes. Once I was happy with the general look of the face I decided to add the background which didn’t have any anti-fusant used within it as I wanted to allow the paints to spread and blend easily.

When I felt the background was complete I continued with the finer details within the face. I found that I couldn’t achieve the effects I wanted within the white areas of the fur so I experimented with various mediums including pastel pencils and white acrylic paint which I also used to paint the whiskers.

This painting was a great learning curve for me and it took me around 50hrs to complete. I entered it into a competition but it wasn’t selected and to be honest I don’t think I could have parted with it so maybe it’s just as well it wasn’t. I have heard from various artists that silk paintings aren’t recognised as works of art but I have to disagree with that as I have seen many wonderful paintings done on silk which are undoubtedly works of art.
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