Rainbow Silk Ribbons

 

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Dancing Rainbow Ribbons. Here’s how to make them and have some fun with in your garden .
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To make these colourful ribbons I used a long frame the width of my habotai silk , approx.56” (144cm). I ‘m using steam fix silk paints by Dupont, but you could use iron fix for great results too. You will also need 3 point silk pins to attach the silk to the frame, foam brushes are good for applying the dyes. I use an ice cube tray and pipettes to mix paints with. Sea salt and table salt can be applied whilst the dyes are damp for a bit of texture.

 

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I’m cutting my ribbons at 2” width and ripping the silk to get easy straight edges, I never use scissors.

 

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Each ribbon gets a quick iron.

 

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Undyed ribbons, must have cut about 16 or so.

 

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Ribbons stretched tightly and ready to paint.

 

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I started painting with the canary yellow mixing with some water as these dyes are strong.

 

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These foam brushes make it easy to apply the paint.

 

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You can mix paints and canary and camelia gave me an orange shade I liked.

 

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Then for some windsor red , first on the left.

 

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This is rose, a nice pink colour. I’m working through the warm shades of the rainbow first .

 

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Now for some cooler tones , from right I used myrthe, emerald, indian blue,and bluet.

 

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There’s something very therapeutic  painting such lovely colours on a sunny day!

 

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and very easy to dry with the sun outside! These will be steam fixed later to fix them permanately.

 

For steaming method  please follow ‘ Painting Pansies’ ‘ instructions. Iron fix paints just need ironing for 2/3 minutes at this stage, then fixed and washable.

 

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Back for more dying as I need plenty of ribbons. From right this is orchidee, then a lighter version with water added,then a mixture of orchidee and vieux blue

 

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The last blue on the left is called cote d ‘azur
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I felt I needed a few ribbons with some texture, so painted this one with camelia and applied some table salt.

 

 

 

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This next is fuschia and gets some sea salt. Just brush it off when dry.

 

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The next is a mixture of windsor and rose.
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First colour on left is a mix of canary and camelia, giving a lighter orange.

 

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This one is a mix of jade and vieux bleu .

 

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Lastly we have a cote d’azur and emerald with salt , all ribbons now painted!!

 

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Once dry I take out the pins.

 

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Find a suitable length of willow and start attaching the ribbons with clothes pegs in their rainbow sequence.
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I found a lovely spot in my garden to hang the willow and watch the ribbons dance in the wind.

 

 

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