For most people this might be an easy task, for me the hard bit was finding a craft I had not already had a go at!
After a good hunt around the Hobbycraft store in Stockton I came across a Silk Painting Card Kit. Looked interesting, and I had never painted on silk before, so I purchased it.
In the box it had enough stuff to make four different greeting cards.
I started with a cat design. After washing and drying the silk to remove the creases, I started to trace the design using the 'Gutta', which is a paint resist, it is used to only allow the paint to spread to the edges. If you accidentally leave a gap in the gutta, the paint will seep through into the next section.
The gutta needed 24 hours to dry properly, so I did the design and left it on the mantelpiece overnight. The next day when I sat down to add the paint I realised I had missed the facial features off the cat, so I had to put them on and wait another 24 hours! The sample on the box lid had very thin smooth lines, I found this almost impossible to achieve as you needed two sets of fingers & thumbs to squeeze the tube resulting in it coming out in blobs rather than a nice smooth stream.
Then it was time for the paint. The box only contained three colours, so I had to do some cunning paint mixing. One drop of paint and it spread all over the silk, I quite liked that effect.
So, the finished picture, I am sure a 4 yr old could have done a better job.
I think I prefer the reverse side as it looks a little 'smoother'.
I mounted it into the card provided (reverse side up as I preferred it), of course it's all floppy whereas the one on the box is nice and taut, but there wasn't anything I could do to stretch it and make it nice and tight.
I took another piece of silk and just blobbed paint on it, I think I much preferred this effect, so I googled more about Silk Painting. I found out that I would need a steamer to seal the colour, not sure I could be bothered with all that.
I will not be doing the other three designs, in fact I gave the kit away to the first person that showed an interest.
Not a craft for me.