A great many colours and textures for your creations on fabric : the Q&A Setasilk

Setasilk: How do you prepare silk before applying the paint?
Before painting, the silk must be stretched over a wooden frame or placed on a fleece and taped. Furthermore, it is preferable to wash the cloth to remove any sizing.

Setasilk: What is gutta?
Gutta is a paste that penetrates the fabric and creates a colour barrier.

Setasilk: How do you apply water-based Gutta?
Apply it directly from the tube while closing in each area. The gutta outline must be smooth and continuous. To complete the sealing, you can iron the gutta before applying the colour.

Setasilk: How do you prevent the colours from leaking outside the gutta outlines?
The Setasilk colours fuse on silk. It is better to apply them near the center of each outlined area. Do not overload the brush to avoid the risk of overflowing.

Setasilk: How do you create shaded areas with Setasilk colours?
Apply each of the different shades next to each other, without giving them time to dry.

Setasilk: Once set, can the design be washed or dry cleaned?
Yes, absolutely. You just have to wait 48 hours after fixing. Only the colourless water based gutta is specially formulated to disappear in the wash exposing the natural silk .

Setasilk: How do you create less intense Setasilk colours?
Mix colours with the Setasilk diluents until the desired shade is reached. Avoid water which alters the resistance properties.

Setasilk: How do you thicken Setasilk colours so that they no longer fuse?
Mix colours with water-based guttas (except colourless) or simply use another product like Transparent Setacolor, without diluting it.

Setasilk: Can the solvent based guttas be used with Setasilk colours?
Yes, allow the solvent based guttas to air dry for 30 minutes, then apply colour with Setasilk. Be careful, solvent based guttas do not dry clean!

Setasilk: How do you avoid halos in large flat areas of colour?
Apply Setasilk with a foam brush, fill the entire area quickly without allowing time for the colour to dry to avoid streaks of colour. If you dilute the colour, do not use water but use Setasilk thinner.

Setasilk: Can you paint with Setasilk on cotton, polyester?
Yes, these colours are very fluid and light allowing for very interesting effects on these types of fabric.

Setasilk: What is the salt technique?
Sprinkle grains of coarse or fine salt on the damp fabric. The colours retract from the areas in contact with salt. Let dry and then remove the salt.

Setasilk: What is the sun technique?
On damp fabric, apply patterns of your choice (leaves, branches, opaque plastic cut outs...). Press flat and expose to sunlight or under infrared lamps. Once the fabric is dry, remove the patterns: the paint is less intense (almost white) under areas that were covered. Proceed to fixing.