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BIO: Jan Janas has a degree in art education and has been teaching art to adults for 35 years. She is co-author of four art books on silk painting published by North Light Publishing and Schiffer. Janas' artwork has been displayed in museums, in major corporate buildings, collected by private individuals, and has been hung in many national and international juried art shows. Janas resides in Lakewood, Colorado and opens her studio by appointment for sales of her work and to teach private lessons. Jan travels and teaches art throughout the United States.

Lakewood, CO 80232




The Fine Art of Painting on Silk

Inspiring Methods and Techniques for Beginners and Expert-Level Artists

Painting on silk, in its millennia-old traditional form and also in contemporary form, has become increasingly popular. With this guide, be inspired by the nearly 500 images, the visual demos, and the aspects not covered in other books. Starting with the basic skills and techniques, here is guidance on every element of the art, including setting up your studio space, painting on preconstructed clothing, and framing your art. Most importantly, enjoy learning unusual, innovative frames of mind to intensify your creative freedom, bringing new energy to your work. A special chapter, "Color: The Workshop Experience," offers exercises for harnessing the variety of silk dye hues. Complex layered looks, plein air painting and landscapes, critiquing, seeking authenticity, intuitive improvisation, and much more are included. The authors, founders of Silk Painters International, give thorough guidance on how to push yourself out of your comfort zone to evoke emotions in your art.


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