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

Triptych Rainforest Roos_1400

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.

However, free online competitions do work. What they do is help you to grow a targeted list that you can then market and promote to in the foreseeable future. You understand that they’re interested in your silk painting products and they’re going to trust you as they create a rapport with you by entering the competition that you are running.

Internet marketing (like most forms of marketing) is designed to promote you and your product. It is to make people aware of what it is that you produce. Marketing is not designed to sell your product.

Those participating in the competition have to complete an Opt in Box by leaving their contact details in order that they would get the free gift. You are then able to market to this list – nut still, don’t try to just ‘sell’ – this is a quick way to get folk off side!

It works very well if you can give a prize for everyone who enters, but if you only have one prise, then you will need to have a draw. Do not make your prize one whereby the participants have to buy something to get something for free – make the prize unconditional.

I have run a number of successful internet competitions – the smallest number of players I received was 200 while the largest number was 2,000. If you have not run free online competitions to increase your silk painting business, then maybe now is the time to try one.

Using Paint Rather Than Dyes on Silk

Daniel Jean-Baptiste water effectBased on the Video by Artist Daniel Jean-Baptiste

In the text below, Barbara Gabogrecan gives her description and critique based on the video


It is somewhat confusing when one speaks of Silk Painting as there are two distinct types of silk art. One paints using dyes and the other uses paint. Daniel Jean-Baptiste uses liquid pigment paints which requires different techniques, but will still give lovely vibrant colours, enhancing the luminosity of the silk.

Daniel style is a modern form of Batik, though the wax does not necessarily act as a resist, but rather as contour. This use of wax is very different to the original Batik of Asian artists; it is used in the same way as gutta is used. Even the tools are different.

Instead of using the copper bowl and spout of a tjantin (canting) to hold the wax and to draw with it while it is hot, Daniel makes his own tools from acetate. He folds a piece of acetate into a cone formation into which he pours the wax.

The water based wax, moves through the cone spout, when gently squeezing the pliable acetate, in an even flow enabling fine lines to be drawn. The wax can be clear (as it appears when purchased) or it can have coloured pigments added to it. When he stops squeezing the cone the wax moves back up the cone and therefore does not drip onto the silk.

This method is actually using the wax in place of gutta. The liquid pigment paints are then applied, producing vibrant, exciting and exotic results which give an added feeling of strength and grandeur to the work of art.

Daniel has also experimented with watery pigment on a wet silk surface. He gets some amazing shimmering effects using this technique (see image above).

Gabogrecan’s Hints and Tips

If you decide to use paint rather than dyes, make sure that you use different brushes and containers. Do not mix them up with tools used for dyes.


Danielle describes how he makes the acetate cone and uses it to draw, using wax which he has coloured black, using a pigment. You can then enjoy watching him apply the brilliant colour. Note that it does not run and move as dye would and therefore is easier to control.


These videos are used under the You Tube Public Licence agreement

Subtle Use of Colour to Create a Work of Art

Based on the Video by Artist Katarzyna Pander-Liszka

In the text below, Barbara Gabogrecan gives her description and critique based on the video


Katarzyna Pander-Liszka

Click on image to see it enlarge – you will also see this beautiful line work more clearly in the video below

Katarzyna Pander-Liszka demonstrates a large work of art using very subtle silk dye colours. The work starts off with a beautiful, intricate design. This design really does emphasise the importance of having a strong design before you commence your painting.

Dye is painted on dry silk so that the colous move quickly and evenly, easily filling in the shapes. Shape and colour are the main elements of design used in the strong patterns of this work of art.  The element, tone is used very subtly by adding a little more water to the colour. This method adds a great feeling of sensitivity to the work.

Texture is not an element that is used, though some of the intricate patterns do give a sense of texture in sections of the plants. To keep the subtle qualities of the design, one colour is often painted over more than one shape, then a subtle, harmonious, slightly darker colour is applied to some of the overlapping patterns/shapes.

This work gives a very different effect compared to the strong colours that most artists use when painting on silk. Once again, it shows the versatility of silk for artists to express their own unique creativity.

Gabogrecan’s Hints and Tips

Never fall into the trap of thinking that all paintings using various tools or media, will look similar. All art very much depends on the skill and creativity of the artist. That is why it is often advisable for an artist to experiment with a variety of media, particularly in the early days of their artistic endeavours.



These videos are used under the You Tube Public Licence agreement

Silk Painting Designs Inspired By Famous Artists

By Diana Kisirauskiene

Diana K Large roses paintingMy name is Diana Kisirauskiene and I am a silk painter. I was born in Lithuania, but currently reside in South West England, Swindon town.

I started my journey as a silk painter in 2007, this being the first time that I painted on silk. I have been interested and fascinated with painting since childhood. Now I wanted to discover what was possible when painting on silk.

Flowers in particular are my specialty. Chinese art also interests me. In some of my work I use the design techniques of famous artists. Van Gogh, Climt, Dali, Mucha and Kandinsky have all inspired me. However, I find painting on silk the most interesting form of expression that never ends. In addition to this, I also pursue other forms of art – felting, jewellery and decoupage.

My biggest passion remains my love of silk painting. I have learned so many different techniques when painting on silk, but I am still searching for new opportunities in this art form.

Painting to me is like meditation, relaxing and creating things what i like the most. I am still on a journey of discovering new features and techniques; I feel I am in love with it; its my passion, my dream, my destiny!!!!!!!

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Hints and Tips by Barbara Gabogrecan

Thank you so much for your comments Diana. Your work is indeed beautiful and some show incredible detail. I am sure our readers would love to know how you achieve this detail. I have had a look at your website I love your quote on your home page “A picture is a poem without words”. You have some delightful landscapes and I love the painting depicting birds. I too have been influenced by Van Gogh, Climt and Chinese art. I really do think that everyone painting on silk should study the work of some of their favourite artists and learn more about how they used the seven elements of design. I do hope that you will find time to look at some of the other posts and leave a comment.