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"The Little Prince" Silk Painted Scarf

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Antoine Saint-Exupery's "The Little Prince" has touched and taught young and old alike for many years. It's a beautiful story graced with insightfully simple artwork.

I came into a blank silk scarf serendipitously, and inspiration struck about a week later. This canvas should be my homage to The Little Prince. The blocked watercolor style of silk painting meshes wonderfully with the illustrations in the book. Additionally, I've been hoping to get back to silk painting for several years now, so I was glad to have hit upon the perfect thing.

I'm really pleased with the way that this scarf turned out. I'd forgotten; silk painting with gutta resist is absurdly easy, and yields stunning results.(Really, it's super easy. My mom taught me to silk paint when I was in elementary school, then proceeded to teach my whole class. We made a quilt out of it. It's super fun and fast and hard to screw up too badly.)

This instructable serves as a tutorial for silk painting any scarf, but mine is "The Little Prince". I hope you like it!
 
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Step 1: Materials

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You will need:
Clear gutta resist & fine-tipped applicator bottle
Silk colors (this and the gutta: I recommend Jaquard. You can buy them online.)
Paintbrushes
A white ice cube tray makes a great paint palette
A large embroidery hoop (not pictured)
Some paper towels are good to have around.

Step 2: Mock it up

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I wanted to design my scarf before I actually put it on silk. Partly, I wasn't sure I could draw The Little Prince. So I started out on paper: I stapled 8 1/2x11 sheets together until they were the right length.

Then I freehanded the Prince, his planet, and a smattering of planets and stars. I also added some of the birds to the other end of the scarf.
i never would have thought of this.... cool
I Love love love this.
This is very beautiful! I had somehow never heard of the little prince until a year or two ago when my friend wrote a song about it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjlmXGqeZYg
superluper1 year ago
This is so lovely!
Gorgeous! We used to steam-set our silk dyes, which is tricky and sometimes scary, as they had to be well wrapped in paper and then set in a chimney over a steamer overnight. It produced excellent results, unless a single drop of steam made it through the paper barrier to your scarf. . .

They also sell a wash-set solution that involves rinsing the scarf with a chemical to set the dyes. They don't pop as much as when you steam set them, but it's much quicker and much easier.
nice!
CrLz1 year ago
Evocative, beautiful!

Thank you for sharing how to blend and use the resist. Wonderful technique, and elegant results.
Kiteman1 year ago
It is so cool that I can see folks' projects happening "in the flesh", and then appearing online.

I can honestly say that this scarf looks even better in real life than online.

(Quietly envies artistic talent)
Oh, it's beautiful! This might be my favorite thing you've made so far. :D
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