Monthly Archives: July 2014

Silk Painting

Silk painting is one of my absolute favourite crafts to do. It is a challenging painting medium and getting good results can be a bit hit or miss on occasion but I think that’s why I love it so much.

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Silk dye is not a very forgiving material to work with, it takes great precision and accuracy to ensure that any barriers that you have created are entirely water tight and if this has not been done then your design can all leak into each other and create a big blotchy mess ruining hours or work and creativity. Yet I still love to do it!

When silk painting goes right it is one of the most vibrant and effective painting styles you can create. The products that I personally use are all iron fixed and once that has been done can be washed and worn over and over again without compromising the design or vibrancy of what I have created.

My silk painting process starts with designing my product on paper. I have various sized pads that I work with, occasionally I draw the entire design on one large sheet but more often than not, I draw out the individual components and then trace them into the design where I want them. This gives me the flexibility to change designs if I want to and also means that no two designs are exactly the same, which is a factor I really enjoy about my creations.

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Once I have traced the images, I stretch them onto my frames and secure them with silk pins to maintain the resistance and secure them in place without damaging the delicate silk. I then use Pebeo Gutta water based outliner to create the barriers around the outside of the areas that I want to paint with the dye. This product comes in many different colours including a clear design which dissolves when you iron it at the end of the process. Once this has dried (I usually leave it overnight to be safe) you should check that it has gone all of the way through the silk to the other side, this will help to prevent the colours from bleeding when applied.

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Applying the silk dye itself is relatively simple if the outliner has set correctly, you should be able to just load your brush with dye and then place it onto the silk and watch it spread to the barrier. Using water will allow you to play with the opacity of the dye allowing you to create a more smoky effect or more intense colour. The dyes can either be pre-mixed in colours you wish to use or you can do this on the fabric itself for a more dramatic effect. I enjoy using the Pebeo silk paints but am currently experimenting with some other brands which I will feedback about in a further post.

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I will be uploading a brief picture tutorial of my silk painting from start to finish in the coming weeks, I just need to take the time to photograph the entire process from start to finish first!

I have included some pictures of some of my finished designs, what do you think?

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They are mostly available to buy in my Etsy store, I also offer a bespoke design service so please do get in contact with me if you would like to order the design of your dreams!

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What is your favourite craft?

Do you have a store I can visit? I always love to support other artists.

Alyssa xx

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Plus Size Disney – Pocahontas

Being from Gravesend, which is where Pocahontas died and was originally buried, I thought I should do a plus size outfit post inspired by her today.

Everything that I have linked is on sale right now, so click on the links if you see anything you like!

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Dress – ASOS curve
Necklace – New Look
Shoes – Evans
Bag – Monsoon

Such a cute floaty boho chic look, do you agree?

Alyssa xx

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Plus Size Disney – Minnie Mouse

I decided to do a pink Minnie Mouse look because I fell in love with this dress from Polka Dot Polly!

If you’re not familiar with polka dot Polly it’s an amazing site where the super talented owner makes dresses to your measurements!!

So, here’s my Minnie 😉

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Dress – polka dot Polly
Shoes – Simply Be
Bow – Etsy
Bag – Zatchels

Again, I would definitely wear this outfit!

What do you think?

Alyssa xx

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Part of Your World

I have just finished a hand painted bag design of Ariel from The Little Mermaid for my Etsy store.

I took pictures throughout the process (for once) so thought I’d share them with you so you can see my design process in stages …

I started with finding an inspiration picture …

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Following are the stages painting stages…

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This bag is available to buy here alternatively you can order a bespoke design here. I would LOVE to make you the bag you’ve always wanted.

What do you think?

Is there anything you’d like to see on a bag?

Alyssa xx

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Plus Size Disney – Yzma

Clearly I’m having a villains weekend! Today is the turn of the hilarious Yzma to get a plus size fashion makeover.

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Dress – Very
Bag – Etsy
Earrings – Debenhams
Shoes – Evans

All these items are available to buy now on the links provided.

What do you think?

Alyssa xx

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Plus Size Disney – Queen of Hearts

“Off with their heads!!”

Today’s plus size Disney inspired outfit is based on The Queen of Hearts!

The products shown are all available to buy right now – just click the links!

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Flower Crown – Pearls and Swine
Dress – ASOS Curve
Shoes – amazon
Necklace – Etsy

How could I not include that sensational Pearls and Swine head dress? I long to own one of this supremely talented ladies designs!

What do you think?

Alyssa xx

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Plus Size Disney – Blue Aurora

Make it Blue!!

I prefer Princess Aurora in her blue dress so thought I’d do a little outfit post!

All these items are available to buy online now! Click the links to buy!

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Dress – ASOS
Necklace – Tatty Devine
Castle Bag – Etsy
Shoes – Evans

What do you think?

Alyssa xx

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Plus Size Disney – Genie

“Three wishes, to be exact. And ixnay on the wishing for more wishes. That’s all. Three. Uno, dos, tres. No substitutions, exchanges, or refunds”

Two of my fave girlies are huge Aladdin fans so I thought I’d do a genie Plus Size outfit post as a dedication to them!

All these items are available to buy online – right now!

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Jumpsuit – Simply Be
Gold Statement Necklace – Aldo at ASOS
Red Patent Wide Fit Shoes – Debenhams
Gold Wrist Cuff – notonthehighstreet.com

I think this is a perfect look for a holiday evening!

What do you think?

Alyssa xx

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Plus Size Disney – Cheshire Cat

You may have noticed that I’m mildly obsessed with Chesh, so I thought it was about time I did an outfit post inspired by him!

All of the items listed are available to buy online, right now!

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Dress – Yours Clothing
Smile Ring – Etsy
Cardigan – Evans
Shoes – Everything5pounds.com
Flower Crown – Etsy

I intend on buying this dress as I LOVE it, so if I am able to save enough to go to DLP next year this may well be an outfit I wear!

What do you think?

Alyssa xx

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Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

I’ve added another brand new hand painted tote bag design to my Etsy store today.

Tinkerbell was a very popular request when I asked what my friends on Instagram would like to see next, so here she is!

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust is live now.

I can add either a name or a quote as part of the price and this bag includes both glitter and crystals!!

You can buy your own one here

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What do you think?

Alyssa xx

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