Colouring on silk

 blue on silk Heather Telford

Recently I got together with some friends to do some artsy crafty playing. One of my friends inspired me to experiment rather than work on my ‘to do’ list as I usually do. We decided to stamp on a variety of fabrics with a variety of inks. This is one of my experiments using some silk left over from my bridesmaid’s blouses. I spritzed a piece of silk with water then sprinkled brusho over it. I kept spritzing and sprinkling the powder and watched the colours spread and blend. Once it dried it was paler as is often the case with watercolour and especially on fabric.

 blue on silk flat Heather Telford

I stayed firmly within my comfort zone where colours were concerned and played with blues, purples and a touch of burgandy. I used the MISTI to stamp the ‘Delightful’ stamp in Encore silver ink as I didn’t know how many times I would need to stamp in order to get a good impression. Once the silver ink was dry I coloured the petals and leaves with fabrico markers from Tsukineko. The markers did a beautiful job both laying down colour and blending with each other. The colour did bleed outside the lines here and there; I will need to get used to how much ink and how close to the lines I need to colour.

blue on silk closeup Heather Telford

I enjoyed trying a different colouring medium and substrate and of course, joining in with the Daily Marker 30 day colouring challenge!


Stamps: Delightful (PB)
Inks: Encore Silver (Tsukineko)
Brusho: Turquoise, Ost. Blue, Ultramarine (Colourcraft)
Markers: Fabrico skymist, ultramarine, burgandy (Tsukineko)
Also: white silk, blue cardstock, white textured cardstock

20 Comments on “Colouring on silk”

  1. Judy says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!

  2. CM Taylor says:

    Heather……….Hooray for you! Outside your comfort zone and it turned out so beautifully! The silk fabric add its own touch of texture to the finish of the art. Congratulations on another successful venture. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. creatingincolors says:

    Heather, this is so beautiful, and so special as you used the leftover silk from your bridesmaids’ blouses!

  4. Lynn Leduc says:

    Very nice.

  5. Pat says:

    This has worked beautifully on the silk Heather and I think the little bit of bleeding actually adds to the finished effect and the colours are gorgeous. x

  6. memalagene says:

    WOW! This is an AWESOME piece!

  7. Cath says:

    “Delightful” effect. Maybe it looks different in person, but I like the bleeding effect. I see it as a bonus effect of using silk. Never would have thought to try silk. Great way to use leftover fabric.

  8. D. Wisnicki says:

    Oh my gosh Heather!!! This is stunning!


    Sent from my iPad


  9. Connie Schulz says:

    Turned out really great! I really like the way it turned out. Was fun to just play.

  10. Lindsey says:

    This is so very pretty! I think the outside the lines colouring suits the design. Great to be inspired by crafty friends… my group seems to end up mostly chatting and eating! 😉

    • Heather says:

      I’m still hoping to make it to your group one day. My daughter is moving to Toronto in September so I might be able to co-ordinate one time. Our group does a decent amount of chatting and eating too!

  11. Jan Castle says:

    You are one brave lady!!!! Lovely blend of colors Heather!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  12. Clelie says:

    …I never cease to be amazed and delighted by your inspirations!!! What did you use to adhere the fabric to the cardstock? It looks perfectly smooth…no puckers or dimples!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Clelie,
      I forgot to mention in my description. I ironed stiff interfacing onto the back of the silk before trimming and adhering it to the cardstock backing.

  13. Ingrid says:

    Heather – this is VERY cool! I would LOVE to have an artsy day together….lol 🙂

  14. Heidi says:

    Very pretty! I love that you were able to use the Brusho on silk. The texture looks really nice in the background and the flowers are the perfect style for this too. Thanks for sharing your experiment!

  15. Mary Prasad says:

    Lovely! Wonderful colors.

  16. Mac Mable says:

    Stunning inspiration and off to look for some silk to play with! Thank you x

  17. Daria says:

    Gorgeous. Stunning. Spectacular. Wow!

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