Category Archives: Presenting Silk Painting

Adding Value to The Sale of Your Silk Paintings

I must admit, I am as excited about the presentation, packaging and marketing of my product as I am about painting it. Not many artists want to get involved with the building of a business, marketing, promotion, presentation, packaging etc. They just want to create and paint. This attitude often works against them, when it comes to selling their product.

My thoughts are “If I am going to produce a beautiful painting on silk, I want the new owner to first be amazed (and delighted) with the packaging and presentation of the product”. Therefore, I put a lot of thought into the best way I can do this.

Silk Painting Versus Other Mediums

An oil landscape painted on timber

An oil landscape painted on timber

Early on, I mainly painted in oils, though I did do a little with acrylics and even used cement in a painting to add dimension to the fished work. Most artists have a preference for what medium they wish to work in; many also use such things as pastels and water colours.

I painted in oils for a number of years and enjoyed the experience. I did a number of works using only a palette knife on canvas and others demonstrated strong linear designs on wood. But it wasn’t until I started using dyes on silk that I felt I had truly found MY medium.

Presenting and Framing Your Silk Painting for Sale

Aussie Triptych_1200

A triptych is framed under glass with a double mount to stop the silk from touching the glass

Once an artist has painted their silk, they have to then consider how to present it to a potential customer. The presentation will depend on a number of things:-

  • Is it wearable art e.g. scarves?
  • Is it a painting to be hung on the wall?
  • Is it an unframed wall hanging?

The Ancient Technique of Batik

Rosellas_250The ancient technique of Batik is where the artist draws the design using hot wax. I worked for three days with an expert batik artist in Asia and I was amazed that he removed the wax using acid. I would be terrified that the acid would eat into my silk.

Consequently for many years I decided not to experiment with Batik and only commenced silk painting when I discovered gutta. However, many silk artists do use Batik in a simpler format than what the Asian artist used.