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Diane Olhoeft: Silk Painting: Come Watch or Try It Out
September 22, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Silk painting starts with pure white hand-hemmed Chinese silk stretched tightly on a frame. Diane usually uses Jaquard Silk Dye from Dharma Silk Trading Company for their vibrant colors. She chooses the colors and the basic shapes and then lets the magic of the moving dye occur. If she has an idea for a more intricate and detailed silk painting, she carefully applies a resist to stop the free flow of the color on the silk to define a more detailed pattern before applying the colors with a brush. She uses some watercolor techniques such as adding salt, water, or alcohol to make different patterns. Diane then sets the dye with steam and washes the silk in gentle shampoo to remove any excess color and irons while damp. During this demonstration, anyone can come and try out silk painting for themselves – we’ll make a large community scarf.
Diane Olhoeft is a watercolor and silk artist from Missoula, Montana. She loves the colors and free flowing way the paint goes on the silk in tune with the unpredictability, adaptability and movement of nature. Silk painting has the free spirit of watercolor with the added advantage that the colors are so intense, you can wear your artwork and it feels so good. She is a graduate of the Montana Artrepreneur Program and has exhibited in galleries and festivals across Montana. She is currently showing at Community Medical Center in Missoula, MT, River’s Mist Gallery in Stevensville, MT and participates yearly in the The Artists Along the Bitterroot Studio Tour. For more info about Olhoeft and her work, please see ouzelcliffartwork.com