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.
The key to how she achieves this is twofold. First of all she uses very little dye on her brush and secondly, she allows her work to dry frequently, before continuing with the next stage of the painting.
In the flowers she is painting, first of all she paints a very simple, basic, circular shape (on wet silk) to represent the flowers. Then she makes the background look like the leaves. This is painted on dry silk. She divides the background section into four area; using a different shade of green for all of them, thus creating a sense of depth and tone to her leaves.
Last of all she returns to her flowers and adds detail in a stronger colour. With her completed work she sews beads into the centre of the flowers to further add dimension and interest to the blossoms.
If you are not keen on using gutta, why not try this method? It still looks lovely and should give you a great deal of pleasure.