Fearless Silk Painting for Beginners 

With Hellenne Vermillion



A great workshop for beginning silk painters who might feel intimidated by this medium or have had little success so far. The objective of this workshop is to go over each process in silk dye painting from pre-washing the silk, to painting and then steaming and finishing your silk. You will learn about potential "mistakes" and ways to avoid them. You will also learn how to deal with "accidents" which may lead you in a new direction. When first learning how to paint on silk, not knowing why something happens can frustrate the artist. By covering these aspects in class and by using the "accidents" as design challenges you will learn to have more success and confidence.

Hellenne lives in Atlanta and has taught for many years from her home studio, at SPIN Festivals and at Senior Centers through the SEFAA Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance.


Workshop Title                                         

 Fearless Silk Painting for Beginners - M/T- Beginner

Workshop Dates                                       


Workshop Description

 Step by step instruction from pre-washing your silk to painting and steaming, with tips and tricks to avoid "mistakes" and how to correct them or incorporate them into your design.

Materials provided For classroom use: dyes, 18"x18" frames, Resistad, salt, corn syrup, newsprint paper for steaming, tape, tacks, Dawn dishwashing liquid, ice cube trays, images to trace, tracing pencils, spritzer bottle and isopropyl alcohol

Cost of materials provided



What students are required to
bring to workshop                          

  • 2 yards of 10mm habotai silk or one yard each of habotai or crepe de chine
  • 1/2 yard of satin or charmeuse silk
  • 2 flat crepe 11"x 60" silk scarves
  • small dispenser or applicator bottle with tip
  • various brush sizes and types suitable for watercolor or silk painting
  • 3/4" PVC frame or frame of your choice for 11"x60" scarf, clips, pins or chinese hooks and rubber bands to attach silk to frame
  • plastic container for rinse water