Experimental silk painting (and felting with wool)

Discover the creativity in yourself and the surprising possibilities of experimental silk painting. During a workshop you will learn what the effect is of working with various transparent layers, making the paint flow, but also stopping the paint. You will be introduced to working with brushes, templates, stamps and other tools. But above all, you learn to intuitively fill the white silk with color and shape. The workshops are given by Ellen Bakker.

Online workshops experimental silk-painting

Would you like to participate in the workshop 'Experimental silk painting'? But do you live (too) far away to participate in the Netherlands?
Then you are very welcome to participate in one of the online workshops:

November 22 2023 (FULL)

Please contact us if you are interested in future online workshops!!

Workshops experimental silk-painting in the Netherlands

For whom
Experimental silk painting is especially fun and surprising. For all workshops you don't need any experience to participate.

The workshops offer a great deal of freedom to experiment. This way you can get started painting samples on silk fabrics. Or work towards an end product, such as beautiful smooth silk scarves or fabric for clothing or for felting. There is the possibility to come back a third day to felt the painted silk with wool. Each student has access to a large frame on which the silk is stretched.

1-day workshop experimental silk painting
This day you start with practicing different techniques of silk painting on a Pongé silk measuring 55x55 cm. The rest of the day you will work on a beautiful scarf, fabric for clothing / interior or several samples.
The costs are Euro 95.00 per person, including a sample scarf of 55 x 55 cm, 120 ml silk dye, fixation of the silk. Coffee and tea with a treat.

2-day workshop experimental silk painting
During this workshop you will spend two days fully working with the possibilities that silk painting offers. You can paint several silk scarves, paint silk fabric to make a garment or accessory, thin silk for felting or make various test samples.
The costs are Euro 190.00 per person, including a sample scarf of 55 x 55, 240 ml silk paint, fixing the silk. Coffee and tea with a treat.

Workshop felting of the painted silk
During this felting day, you felt a large 3-meter silk cloth that you painted during the 2-day workshop, with 3 meters of wool.
When felting the silk with the wool, we use a felting machine that takes the heavy work off your hands. The wool we use is so-called pre-felt - a lightly felted wool - which can be ordered in various colours*. The starting size is 300x120 cm. The felting process shrinks the wool by approximately 25%. A flexible and strong felt material is created, suitable for a throw, shawl, tapestry or fabric for making clothing.
A maximum of 2 people can participate in a felting day. With the participation of 1 person, the workshop lasts half a day.
The costs of this felting day are Euro 150.00 per person.
Included: use of the felting machine, coffee/tea with something sweet.
Not included: 3 meters of pongé 5 silk and 3 meters of pre-felt

Below you can see examples of hand-painted silk that is felted with wool.

The workshops are given in the Netherlands in the center of Deventer. Within walking distance of the station and the Centrum parking garage. There are plenty of accommodation options in the area. 

December 28, 29

January 11, 12, 25, 26

February 8, 9 , 22, 23

March 7, 8, 21, 22

April 4, 5, 18, 19

Or contact us. Then we plan a date together.

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* Additional silk scarves and fabrics are available on site; the costs of this are calculated separately. You can order pre-felt for felting in advance.
* Lunch is not included. There are plenty of cozy restaurants in the immediate vicinity. 

Here a student is painting a 180x45 cm silk scarf during a 1-day silk painting workshop.

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