Silk Painting Business Start-up Lesson 2

The 4-step process of starting and growing silk painting business as presented in Mila Lansdowne’s silk painting business course materials


Welcome back to my blog, where we dive into the exciting world of starting a home-based silk art business as a beginner. Whether you're a seasoned artist looking to turn your creative passion into profits or someone completely new to silk painting, I've got you covered. In this updated post, we'll explore the essential skills, materials, and methods you need to get started on this rewarding journey. So, let's jump right in!

Easy Method for Business Start-Ups

Starting a silk art business can be both creatively fulfilling and financially rewarding. As someone who has successfully turned their love for silk painting into a thriving business, I can assure you that anyone can do it, regardless of previous experience.

Materials: Silk Paints vs. Silk Dyes

First and foremost, let's clarify a crucial point: there are silk paints and silk dyes. For beginners, I recommend starting with silk paints, as they are water-based, easy to work with, and can be heat-set through ironing. This fixing process ensures that your artwork remains color-fast, light-fast, and washable.

Choosing the Right Silk Paints

When it comes to selecting your silk paints, there are several reputable brands to consider. Depending on your location, you can opt for USA-made paints or European brands. Some popular options include:

  •  Dye-Na-Flow Silk Paints
  •  Pebeo Setasilk
  •  Javana Silk Paint
  •  And many more - do your search, but important note: search for heat-fixed silk paints (not the steam-fixed dyes)

The internet is your best friend for finding these paints and getting more information about them.

Selecting the Perfect Silk Fabric

Your choice of silk fabric is just as crucial as your paints. For heat-set (iron-fix) painting, your fabric should contain at least 60% natural fibre, such as silk, cotton, or wool. Synthetic fibres won't withstand the heat required for the process.

Habotai Silk, also known as China Silk or Ponge 8 Silk, is an ideal option for most projects. It's a medium-weight fabric versatile enough for scarves, garments, pillows, curtains, and more. Explore the internet and social media to see what's possible with this fabric in terms of products and techniques.

The Fascination of Ponge Silk

Let's talk more about Ponge Silk, a versatile material with various categories to explore. Ponge refers to the flat weave of the fabric, while the number (e.g., Ponge 8) indicates its weight. The weight of the fabric impacts factors like colour spread, intensity, transparency, and durability.

For most applications, Ponge 5, Ponge 6, and Ponge 8 work well. Lighter fabrics like Ponge 4 are delicate but suitable for transparent designs, while heavier options like Ponge 10, 12, and 14 are great for sturdier projects like blazers or pillow covers.

Getting Creative: Your First Silk Painting Project

Now that you're armed with the right materials and knowledge, it's time to unleash your creativity. For your first project, you'll need:

  •  2 to 3 small bottles of silk paint
  •  A piece of silk (an 8x54 inch Ponge 8 or Ponge 5 scarf works perfectly)
  •  2 or 3 utility brushes with soft bristles

The design is up to you, so let your imagination run wild. As the paint dries, you'll notice a magical transformation, creating unique patterns that will leave you in awe.

The Intriguing Blossom Design

As you experiment with silk painting, you'll discover the fascinating reaction of colours to heat during the drying process. This can lead to captivating patterns, like leaves and other shapes, that will fuel your creativity.

One exciting technique to explore is the Blossom Design, where you arrange wet silk into small or large rosettes. Check my website for detailed instructions on this technique.

The Triangle Design

Finally, there's the Triangle Design, achieved by folding the silk differently to create a triangular pattern. Just like with the previous designs, you can find detailed instructions on my website.

With these three design techniques under your belt, you're well on your way to creating a stunning collection of scarves. In the next few lessons, we'll focus on presenting and selling your products professionally.


Congratulations, you've taken your first steps into the colourful world of silk painting! Remember, silk painting is not only playful and easy but also incredibly rewarding. Each creation is as unique as the artist behind it. So, have fun, experiment with colours, and embrace the journey. Stay tuned for the next post, where we'll explore the Triangle Design in more detail.


Q: Can I use synthetic fabric for silk painting?

A: Synthetic fabrics won't work for heat-set silk painting, as they can't withstand the necessary heat. Stick to natural fibres like silk, cotton, or wool.

Q: Where can I find silk paints?

A: You can find silk paints from various brands online, depending on your location. Explore websites and online marketplaces for the best options.

Q: How do I fix silk paint?

A: Silk paints are fixed by heat-setting through ironing. This process ensures your artwork remains color-fast, light-fast, and washable. Always follow the instructions provided with your chosen paints for the best results.

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