About My Course

Welcome to my Silk painting  Course at Center Parcs, Longleat. My name is Jennifer Douglas and I’ve been teaching this activity for 20 years! It has given me a lot of enjoyment to spread the joy of silk painting to so many visitors. The 2 hour session offers  a large selection of design templates which can be traced on to the silk, featuring flowers, birds and animal inspirations. Designs can then be outlined with gutta-serti resist, which prevents the flow of the dyes.

We work in amongst the plants in a tranquil setting, often everyone is  concentrating so hard that there is very little time for chat! I display the silk on sticks and hang them off bamboo poles, which seems the best way to show them in this area. This workshop attracts everyone over the age of 9 years. Ideal for beginners or those who feel they would enjoy giving silk painting a go! It’s such a lovely feeling applying the dye to the silk that confidence quickly grows and often people can surprise themselves with what can be achieved in just 2 hours.

During the workshop I give a demonstration of techniques, showing how to use the dyes, wet on wet, and a variety of special effects you can make with salt. The medium is very forgiving if you make mistakes,  as most can be rectified or camouflaged in the background.

Silk size is 18″ square which gives ample space to try out larger brush work techniques. There’s plenty of opportunity to give lots of help if needed as groups are no bigger than 8.

I’m lucky to work in such a peaceful, inspiring environment.

16 thoughts on “About My Course”

  • Absolutely absorbing I am totaly hooked and will be continuing with silk painting as a hobby. I would highly recommend Jennie’s course, you are able to go home with a treasured memory.Thank you Jennie.

  • I have been going to Jennifer’s silk painting class for the past 12 years. I am still in love with this activity as I was the first time I ever did it. A wonderfully calming activity with an absolutely fantastic tutor!

  • Im very glad I didn’t sign up for archery now I am very pleased with the result and the help you have given me and I will frame both of my paintings and every time I look at them I will remember the session I did with you! I will defenatly be looking at trying to do some more silk painting because of you! One question though what type of paints are the paints you use?? You are an amazing teacher – thank you very much xx

  • So glad you enjoyed the silkpainting session,thanks for your lovely comments and keep painting!
    The dyes we used are called Pebeo Setasilk iron fix paints which are easy to find online or from good craft shops.
    Thanks for coming!
    Best Wishes,

  • What a super way to spend 2hours! The time went far too quickly. Thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it so relaxing and interesting. Can’t wait to buy some products, hopefully when I go to the big craft show at Sandown later this month. Many thanks Jennie.

  • These art sessions have changed my life I now do silk art on a regular basis . Thank you Jennifer

  • We enjoyed our holiday and one of the highlights was attending the silk painting class. We look forward to the class every time we visit. It is always a chance to relax and chill out. The paintings are framed and on the wall already.

  • I did this last week and it was soo fun! Love my painting, I’ll definitely recommend this to anyone who is going! 🙂 It was a nice relaxing break from running around! It’s something anyone can do, and something I might take up now, thanks Jennifer 🙂

  • I was on my way to the pool at centre parcs when I stumbled upon Jenny’s beautiful silk paintings and knew I had to have a go! I’m so glad I did; it WAS the highlight of the week for me! I’m going to hang my silk painted dragon fly up at the window as I’m really pleased with it. I’ll definitely try this again at home. Thanks Jenny you are a great teacher 😀

  • I was lucky enough to indulge myself in a silk painting class last week on my holiday, and i enjoyed myself so much!!
    Jenny is a great teacher , and i felt happy and at ease as soon as i arrived, i loved it so much i will definitely book myself another class next holiday !
    Thanks Jenny
    Lisa Sheldrake 🙂

  • I thoroughly enjoyed Your class on Tuesday, Jennifer, and have ordered a boxed kit to begin this artform at home. Thank you for a wonderful two hours!


  • Hi Jennifer, I had a lovely session with you back in October and wished I had purchased one of your kits so I could continue after I got home. Are these only available to buy in person or do you post these out? Many thanks.

  • Dear Jennifer
    Thank you so much for the great course on Tuesday. My daughter (13) and I loved making the Peacock and Owl! They turned out brillantly and we are keen to continue. The highlight of our week. Thank you. We would love a kit when they are ready? Thanks

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