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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

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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.

When Painting Silk, What Type of Silk Should I Use?

Wall HangingWhen painting silk, there are different types and weights of silk that you can choose. This really depends on what the finished product is going to be and what you prefer to work on. My preference is Pongee, but I have also used Habati and Crepe de Chine.

Pongee silk is produced by many mills throughout China. The weight can vary between 36 to 50gm/sq m. The lighter weight is often known as Paj.