Live and Let Dye: Creating Frameable Art on Silk TH/F

All Levels with Renee Filice

This silk painting workshop will teach you how to bring your painting ideas to fruition without spending a lot of time and/or skill on the initial drawing stage. Learn how to use images from your own photographs or other sources in your paintings using shortcuts and tricks of the trade without being a skilled illustrator. A variety of line drawings will be provided which students can mix and match to produce a personal, one of a kind frameable painting. Color theory, the absolute hallmark of silk painting will be explored and addressed. You will work with the age-old gutta serti technique, using a resist to enclose applied dyes. In order to avoid white outlines, students will practice the technique of underpainting.

If you love color and want to take your painting to the next level, this workshop is for you!

Renee says; After college and a career as a counselor, I raised a family and began to explore the challenge of using color in art. Renee had always loved to draw but had never applied color to my sketches. I tiptoed into the art world and have been happily creating ever since. I started with watercolor but soon discovered the the joys of painting on silk. With watercolor and other media, the paint sits on the surface of the paper while on silk the dyes spread over the fabric and are absorbed into it's fibers for an amazing and luminous result, I was hooked!

I firmly believe that color influences mood and feelings, I try to use color mixes and combinations that are lively and zesty. I want my subjects to transport me to another location- a mini vacation in my studio. I hope to recreate the way the scene reveals it's sense of harmony, beauty and happiness to me.

All of my work reflects things I love and have meaning to me: Italian ceramics, vintage 50's linens, flowers as well as landscapes of California, the Mediterranean and the tropics.

Renee's paintings on silk have been exhibited and sold through galleries in Morgan Hill, Los Olivos, Kenwood, Capitola and Carmel, California and are in collections throughout the U.S. and in Europe. Renee teaches silk painting at the Filoli Garden Estate in Woodside and in Morgan Hill and Capitola, she lives and paints in Morgan Hill and Aptos, CA. 


Workshop Title                                         

Live and Let Dye: Creating Framable Art on Silk

Workshop Dates                                       


Workshop Description

This silk painting workshop will teach you how to bring your painting ideas to fruition using various line drawings,  color theory and gutta serti techniques to bring your silk painting to the next level.

Materials provided

silk, dyes, gutta or resist, resist applicator, palettes, [paper towels, water cups, plastic gloves

Cost of materials provided



What students are required to
bring to workshop                          

three round watercolor brushes appx size 6,8 and 12, tacks, 4 sheets drawing paper, pencil and eraser, 16x20" stretcher frame, dissapearing pencil and hair dryer.