Inspired Art and Living with Fiona Stolze

Busting the Myth Surrounding Silk Painting

I just wanted to say a few words to dispel the myth that silk painting is painstaking. It’s not. It’s fun, creative and you never know where it’s going to take you. Enjoy.


November 29, 2010 - Posted by | INSPIRATIONS | , , , , ,


  1. As an Art School grad — I so appreciate this post!! So many things are easier than they appear….and having done some silk painting years ago — I appreciate the post!!


    Comment by Ken | November 29, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks Ken – nice to get feedback from another artist.

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | November 29, 2010 | Reply

  2. This makes perfect sense. After all, art isn’t supposed to be “perfect,” at least I don’t think it should be. Good advice.

    Sharon Hiebing
    Follow Your Dream Compass

    Comment by Sharon Hiebing | November 29, 2010 | Reply

    • 🙂 Yes, everything really is perfect just exactly the way it is. Expecting the outcome to be a particular way is what puts so many people off. Thanks for commenting Sharon. x

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | November 29, 2010 | Reply

  3. I ‘love’ the way YouTube just randomly freezes the film at a frame that is interesting to say the least. :-)))

    Comment by Fiona Stolze | November 29, 2010 | Reply

  4. Sounds like a metaphor for life, doesn’t it? Expectations can destroy the outcome for just about anything, can’t they?

    Comment by Irene Turner | November 29, 2010 | Reply

    • You’re so right Irene. And when learning silk painting, slip-ups do occur but it’s about what you make of them and whether or not you take action at all. 🙂

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | November 30, 2010 | Reply

  5. Sometimes we just need reassurance…thanks.

    I remember my aunt creating beautiful silk scarves and tablecloths. My favorites were the pieces where she would spray the silk with wanter and then the paint flowed wherever it wanted to.

    Rachel Lavern
    Personal Transformation, Enlightenment and Development

    Comment by Rachel Lavern | November 29, 2010 | Reply

    • Yes Rachel. You’re so right. It’s gorgeous to watch the dyes flowing on the wet silk. I’m hoping to post some short videos showing exactly this in process. Thanks for commenting.

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | November 30, 2010 | Reply

  6. How freeing this is! I think alot of us don’t even want to try something like silk painting because we don’t believe it is something possible for the untrained and ungifted. But you make it sound as though it is open to anyone to at least try. A great way to view the whole creative process!

    Comment by Donna McCord | November 29, 2010 | Reply

    • 🙂 I’d love to see many more people try it out. Once you start, you get hooked.

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | November 30, 2010 | Reply

  7. I’m a textile artist too – although I don’t paint on silk, I do dye cotton fabric. And I never use a recipe. I think the accidents and the unexpected outcomes are not only what makes the dying process fun but also beautiful.

    Comment by Sherri Lynn Wood | November 30, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for commenting Sherri – nice to hear how you see things too. 🙂

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | November 30, 2010 | Reply

  8. I met a woman earlier this year that is a silk artist. and I am amazed at what a beautiful art form this is. In my craftier days I might have taken a try after this vlog. But with my two small kids I just have no time for my crafty endeavors these days. Thanks for the myth buster and KEEP WARM!!
    Yvonne Hall

    Comment by Yvonne Hall | November 30, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Yovonne, Glad that you felt at least inspired. There are tiny projects that you can do no matter how full your hands are but maybe another time….thanks for popping by.

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | November 30, 2010 | Reply

  9. I love how you set up the video– the Buddha in the background, the lighting, etc. Would have loved to have seen an example of your silk painting! Joan

    Comment by Joan Oliver Emmer | November 30, 2010 | Reply

    • Glad you liked the set up, Joan. It’s actually my permanent bedroom setup. :-)) And behind me is the bottom of the frame of one of my large mandalas. It’s a large format one mostly in pink entitled Love and Compassion. I’ll show it in the next video.

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | November 30, 2010 | Reply

  10. I don’t know that I’ll be silk painting any time soon, but I loved hearing about something so new to me. Also liked the message about being willing to try and not convincing yourself ahead of time that it’s going to be “too hard.” Wish you had shown us some of your silk painting. (I’m not even sure I know what it is!)

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer

    Comment by Judy Stone-Goldman | November 30, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks Judy. Actually my blog is chocabloc full of my artwork. Do take a wander around and see some of my work. I’ll be showing some of it in future vlogs. Thanks for the pointer. 🙂

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | November 30, 2010 | Reply

  11. I appreciate the idea that there are no mistakes, even in art, no, especially in art. I don’t know anything about silk painting so please post about what it is and show us how its done. I’m curious.


    Comment by Janet | November 30, 2010 | Reply

    • Lovely that you’ve visited my site Janet. It’s full of articles describing all sorts of processes and photos of my work. Please just go onto the home page and start to scroll down and you will find a wide selection of things there.

      Warm wishes

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | December 1, 2010 | Reply

  12. Do you have any sample you can show in your video? I Was really hoping to see one.

    Lisa Ann Landry
    Vibrating Positive Energy

    Comment by Lisa Ann Landry | December 1, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Lisa

      Thanks for visiting. Please go onto my home page and scroll down. You will find lots of examples of what I do here.

      Warm wishes

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | December 1, 2010 | Reply

  13. This was a nice way to make a craft (art form?) seem more accessible. I echo the other poster that seeing examples of silk painting would have made it more real to those of us that aren’t entirely sure what it is.

    Comment by KathyAlice | December 1, 2010 | Reply

    • Glad you liked the post. Please feel free to have a look at my blog as it is full of silk art work in every form. Enjoy. x

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | December 1, 2010 | Reply

  14. Fiona – totally my philosophy (though I haven’t done silk painting specifically, I’ve been involved in many creative arts.) My motto is that we don’t make mistakes, they are just “design opportunities”. I use this same thinking in helping customers create albums, they sometimes get caught up in being perfect, but we don’t need to be, yeah?

    Pat Zahn, Photo Solutions Superhero

    Comment by Pat Zahn | December 2, 2010 | Reply

    • Absolutely Pat. Silk painting is not at all static and it sometimes leads us instead of the other way around, so it’s about surrendering to the process at times. Thanks for visiting my page.

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | December 2, 2010 | Reply

  15. So lovely to hear your voice Fiona. I am glad you busted that myth. I have always thought Silk Painting looked complicated. I had a client who did silk art, and we hung some pieces above her bed and in the dining room, during a home makeover and they looked fabulous. Really added life to the rooms.

    Jennifer Duchene
    The Home Makeover Mixtress

    Comment by Jennifer Duchene | December 2, 2010 | Reply

    • It’s fabulous when people hang their own artwork up on the wall. The colours in silk paintings really are vibrant and they do truly add life to the rooms. Thanks for your comments Jennifer.

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | December 2, 2010 | Reply

  16. I love the fact you make this sound easy but don’t you think this can be a metaphor for many things in life. If you don’t just do it you never find out how easy it is! And most things are easier than they appear.
    Louise Edington
    International AuPair Finder
    Facing Fears and Frontiers Over Fifty

    Comment by medington16 | December 2, 2010 | Reply

    • I quite agree! Thanks for your comment.

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | December 2, 2010 | Reply

  17. Love the video. I did not know anything about silk painting..and now I do. Thanks for educating me.Love the attitude of..however it turns out..that’s ok. My life is pretty much like that!

    Julie Labes: Fierce Over 50 lover of travel, blogging, the internet, wings & beer, and Life!

    Comment by Julie Labes | December 2, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for your comment Julie. Nice to see the parallel.

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | December 2, 2010 | Reply

  18. I agree with you…no matter what you create it can be used. Thanks for sharing, I don’t know much about silk painting and look forward to learning more.

    Darcie Newton
    Using Real Estate to Fuel Retirement

    Comment by Darcie Newton | December 2, 2010 | Reply

    • Lovely to have your comments. Thanks. I’m in the very early stages of video work here and look forward to sharing lots more.

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | December 2, 2010 | Reply

  19. Nice post Fiona from someone who has never (yet) been artsy!

    It is always the journey, never the destination that I enjoy, so who cares if something changes along the way- it’s just a moderation of your journey!

    I took a look at your mandala video of all your mandalas- INCREDIBLE! My only issue was you went through them too quickly! If people want to see your work, that’s a great one to view.

    Candace Davenport ~ Little Books with a Big Message

    Comment by Candace C. Davenport | December 3, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for commenting Candace. Glad you liked the video. It only shows a selection of my pieces and is a small part of a longer film which we had to cut right down for YouTube. :-)There’s a longer slideshow of my work on the website, too which you can pause at any piece for a longer look.
      I have plans for showcasing individual pieces so that is on my to-do list. 🙂

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | December 3, 2010 | Reply

  20. This applies to so much not just silk painting. Things often do not turn out exactly as we intended.

    Jean Bentley
    Connecting Lives… One Cards at a Time

    Comment by Jean Bentley | December 4, 2010 | Reply

    • You’re so right Jean.

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | December 4, 2010 | Reply

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