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Alternative Way to Hang a Silk Painting

Silk Wall Hanging

This wall hanging was hung in the Foyer of a Heritage Listed building in East Melbourne, Australia.

After my last post where I talked about hanging a silk painting by wrapping the silk around a canvas frame, I have had a number of folk contact me asking if they can just hang a silk painting from the wall, like a curtain. So, I thought I would share with you how I hang wall hangings.

How to Frame and Hang Silk Paintings

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This is one of three (a Triptych) which are framed under glass. Then, all three were repainted the size of a door, to go into the foyer of an office – but they were still framed under glass.

Once you have completed a silk painting you will need to be able to hang it. Obviously, you can go to a framer and they will provide a professional frame under glass. The glass protects the silk and keeps it free from dust. However, this can be expensive.

Painting on Silk Without Using Gutta or Resist


The patterns are created by allowing dyes on wet silk to meet with dyes on dry silk plus the use of salt.

Many folk do not even want to commence silk painting because of the difficulty of using gutta (a type of liquid rubber) to hold the colours together and to stop them from running into each other as new colours and shapes are added to the design.

Some artists have overcome this problem and this video shows how Urvashi Gupta manages to produce some beautiful work without using gutta.

Indonesian Modern Batik

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This silk painting of the Clown Fish enables the movement of the water to be shown together with the beautiful colour of the fish.

Silk painting and batik are very similar. Both use fabric, though silk painting is usually done on silk and in this video, you will note that cotton is used. Batik is a wax resist, whereas silk painting uses gutta as a resist. I have tried both, but much prefer silk painting as it is more like a traditional painting and is faster to complete.

Run a Free Online Marketing Competition to Build Your Silk Painting Business

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I gave this triptych as a prize. Click to enlarge

Most artists do not think in terms of a website as anything more than a brochure, where they can display their silk paintings to potential clients. However, if you use internet marketing (that is you have a website or even a blog) or if you’re involved in social media (including such examples as Twitter or Facebook), then you’ll appreciate that trying to get people to buy from you by making use of these techniques, are most likely not going to work.