A few extra steps can make your silk paintings or SCA banners look like a million dollars by adding dynamic color. Blending two or three related colors gives your painting more dimension and vibrancy. To achieve this effect, I use a regular household spray bottle or clean paintbrushes and water.
|a circle of water to blend the sun yellow with the golden yellow|
First imagine how you'd like your background. Here, I wanted the demi-sun to be highlighted, so I wanted the gold to start bright around the sun and fade to darker shades towards the edges. I chose sun yellow, golden yellow, and brass. Use a spray bottle to wet the silk around the area you'd like your colors to blend. Working quickly so your paint stays wet, fill in the lightest color.
|brass blended into the corners|
|water where the two greens will meet|
|emerald and spring green blended|
Colors can also be mixed with water to achieve different shades. For shading of the banner, I used only the color brass and water. I picked out the darkest areas and used the full strength paint in those spots. I then placed plain water in the areas where the light would hit. I mixed the full strength paint with a bit of water on my plastic palette and used that for shading opposite the wet areas. When the paint contacts the wet silk, it will slowly bleed into the wet area and fade out naturally.
|one color and water shading|