Inspired Art and Living with Fiona Stolze

Silk Scarf Painting Workshop

Good news. At last I’m going to be offering a silk painting workshop in which you will be creating your own silk scarf. We will be using the microwave to make the whole process very quick and easy. You won’t be using a frame. Instead we will work with the silk flat on the table on plastic sheeting.

It will be a 3 hour session with mess and fun and at the end of it your scarf will be fixed for you to take home with you. Each workshop will be held with a minimum of 4 participants. If you know of 3 or more other people who would love to do this with you, why not contact me and organise your own workshop?

Evening dates: these events will run from 7pm – 10pm

Day-time dates:  these events will run from 10am – 1pm

Cost: £32.00  including a rolled edge scarf and dyes

Venue: Downend, Bristol – details on registration

HOW TO REGISTER: just email me at telling me you are interested in my silk scarf painting workshop and from there we can sort out all other details.

Looking forward to meeting you and having some fun.

p.s. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting in a mess. 🙂

April 17, 2010 Posted by | MANDALA ART | , , , , , | 1 Comment

What a Beautiful Silk Mandala Cushion

You know, I firmly believe that there is a blossoming artist latent within each and every one of us. I see this confirmed every time people who have no previous experience come to me and create amazing art work.

I wanted to share this great example of what a class participant can achieve with complete trust in the process sprinkled with the willingness to let their inner artist speak out. This lovely cushion was painted by Penny Lawrence who was completely new to the concept of silk painting with resist. I guided both her and Amelia Fo through the process of using gold gutta to create the bones of the mandala and then afterwards they allowed their intuition to show them the colours that would allow their design to come to the fore.

Since we were only working for one day, we managed to speed up the natural drying process of the gutta using hairdryers. Under ideal conditions you would leave the gutta to dry overnight. As the dyes were applied, the beautiful designs really came to life. Afterwards I rolled the pieces of artwork

Amelia and Penny applying their gold gutta designs

up in paper and placed them in the electric steamer for a 3 hour bath to fix the dyes permanently into the silk. This makes them light and water resistent and gives the dyes a beautiful radiance. Penny chose to have her mandala panel made into a cushion with a dupioni back panel with zip.

It’s always fascinating to see how totally different all the mandalas are that the students create. Each one tells its own story and expresses a completely different energy all of its own. When you begin to look into the colours and the shapes, you can start to understand what the image is trying to say and see that it is a mirror image of your self.

Amelia Fo painting her mandala

I think you’ll agree with me that the end results are more than pleasing. And I know that Pennyand Amelia think so too. 🙂

I have posted a few more photographs of these two ladies at work on the Facebook Silk & Art page which you can find here. Just scroll down until you find the relevant post.

If you’d like to join me to create your own mandala, please have a look at the details on the Silk Painting Workshop Dates page.

April 6, 2010 Posted by | MANDALA ART | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Silk Painting Workshop Dates

Here are the details of the different types of workshops that I offer:


Introduction to Silk Painting

Date: Saturdays – date to be fixed: please contact me on if interested

Start: 10am until 4pm

Cost: £55.00  including materials

As the space only allows for 4 participants per workshop at present, I will create an event around 4 people who register.

I will be teaching some basic techniques and we will work with simple templates to create a beautifully vivid silk painting.


…And for those of you who would like a bit of a creative challenge I am offering this workshop:

Create Your Personal Mandala on Silk

Date:  Saturdays – please contact me at if you are interested in taking part in one of these events

Time: 10am – 4pm (approx.)

Cost: £55.00 incl. materials

I will only be teaching 4 participants at one time in this event. In the event of extra applicants, I will be offering an alternative date.

In this workshop we will be discussing the concept of mandalas and creating our personal image as a powerful focal point for meditation or simply as a beautiful adornment of your living space.


Make Your Own Silk Scarf

Please follow this link for all the details.


Stage Your Own Silk Scarf Party

I am now available to be hired out for silk painting parties. Invite a handful of friends and have fun creating your own designer silk scarf which we will microwave and then you’re ready to go. As easy as that and lots of fun. Please contact me for more details.


Individual Silk Painting Tuition

You can come to me to have individual tuition and learn the basic skills of silk painting. We will explore the use of colour, resist, salt technique and more. You will create your own work of art to take home and enjoy.

One full day from 10am – 4pm (approx.): cost including materials and lunch is £210.00

Two full days from 10am – 4pm (approx.): cost including materials and lunch is £395.00

Please contact me at if you are interested in registering and we can discuss all further details.


To register for any of these workshops, please apply to:

I look forward to working with you.

December 26, 2009 Posted by | MANDALA ART | , , , , | 2 Comments

Silk Painting Mandala Workshops

MANDALA POWER: Create Your Own Personal Mandala

A Silk Painting Workshop with Fiona Stolze

Current dates available: Saturday

Venue: Bristol – details given on registration.

Time: 10am – approx. 4pm

Cost: £50 including materials. Light lunch included.

Come and join in with this day workshop of silk painting and high creativity. I will be introducing you to the concept of the mandala as a tool for focussing and calming your mind. Mandala originates from Sanskrit and means ‘mystical circle’.

Each workshop will take place in a small group and so you can be sure of lots of personal attention and guidance.

We’ll start by me sharing some basic colour information and then you will learn some basic silk painting techniques using gutta (resist), silk dyes and salt. You’ll then start to create your own personal mandala on satin silk with my help. This will be purely your own unique expression. During the day I’ll be chatting to you about colours and their different and giving you lots of hints and tips along the way. Your power mandala will reveal itself to you moment by moment: a unique piece of artwork to be treasured.

I’d like to warmly welcome both complete beginners as well as those of you who have painted on silk before. Come and participate in this workshop as no previous experience is necessary at all. The process is gentle and powerful and you will find that the vibrancy of the colours effortlessly draws out the artist within you.

I will send your artwork on to you by post after I have steam-fixed the dyes. This process lends the silk a translucent sheen and intensifies the vibrancy of the colours.

You don’t need to bring any materials with you as everything provided during this workshop. Tea, coffee and water will be available. We will take a short lunch break at around 1pm.

Pre-booking is essential.

If you’d like to register, please get in touch as soon as possible. I look forward to having you with us. 🙂

Email me at and put  Silk Painting Workshop in the subject line – thank you.

**I run regular workshops. Please leave your details with me so that I can contact you with future dates.

June 3, 2008 Posted by | MANDALA ART | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments