Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Frog's a Jumpin'

...on silk

Dimensions finished: 16" x 20" under glass; mat size opening: 10.5" x 13.5"

I finally completed a frog painted on  8 mm silk with colors that blended correctly.  It was set with steam for three hours on top of the stove, then ironed and matted and placed in a purchased frame under glass.

Close up of Mr. Frog who is about 11" in length

This was one I painted a few weeks ago on thinner silk, using basically the same line drawing, but with less dye, and transparent gutta, making a softer effect:

Minnemie first painted a frog on lily pads in watercolors.  She was kind enough to let me take inspiration from her art.  I loved the way she made the colors flow, and thought it would make up well in silk. (please do make a visit to her blog as she shows her wonderful watercolors here on her blog).  Minnemie also quotes nice verse along with her painting.  You will enjoy her musings.


  1. Your frogs are FUN! lovely colours and lots of movement - I looked at Minnemie's blog - she has lovely work. I don't steam my paintings, just iron/wash/iron once more - are you using a different kind of ink? Betty

  2. Oh I LOVE it! The thicker silk does gives a different end result. I think you should be very pleased:-)

  3. Love it! That froggy looks like it will jump right off the screen:) Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

  4. way to fun Love them both (:)
    yup hubby found his key ..LOL

  5. Hi Nancy..*Hugs*
    Your frogs are lovely...I have always wished I knew how to do that..well first I have to know how to paint but how to do that with silk and the colours and bleeding and blending. Its wonderful. I'll check out the site you wrote about as well.
    have a great evening..

  6. What a neat effect! This is a great one.

  7. I love it too. You're giving me an education here-I've not seen paintings on silk before....got to get out more I guess!
    Yours is lovely.


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