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May Program – Silky Letters Demonstration

May 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Presented by Jill Quillian

May 12, 2021 from 6:30-8:00pm MDT

Members: free, Non-members: $10
A Zoom link will be sent to current members and paid participants a few days before the program. Non-members can sign up below.

Program Description

This demonstration incorporates Decorated Versal Lettering and Silk Painting. You do not have to be a silk painter to enjoy this presentation because the letters can be decorated in many other ways including colored pencil, watercolor, and even on metal. 

Fenced In

Jill will demo the Serti Silk Painting technique. In French, Serti means window or fenced in. When the resist is applied to the silk or to paper, it will form windows where the color will be ‘fenced in.’ When working with fabric, even one thread will migrate the dye past the resist IF it is not covered. When the resist is applied properly, the dye will stay within its windows and no bleeding will occur. 

Jill usually draws the Versal letters freehand directly onto the silk. It is okay to draw the designs on paper first and trace it because silk is easy to see through. A blue transfer pencil, used in quilt or other sewing projects, works fine on the silk because the blue disappears. 

Jill has made a full series of this alphabet with silk hoops, with 10 x10” hankies and of course, on her silk scarves. More tips on dyes, resists, steaming and setting the designs will be discussed. Jill does teach classes on silk painting. 

About Jill

Jill has been a calligrapher since the 80’s. She was also a full time elementary school teacher for 40 years. Living in SD, ND, WA and several other states, she did not have a chance to learn calligraphy until she heard about the International Calligraphy Conferences. That became her main source of education in lettering. These wonderful conferences have added up to 27 now. After Jill moved to WI, she also found the Cream City Calligraphers (Milwaukee), the Madison Art Guild and Chicago Collective Guild. These avenues greatly added to her learning along with the Midwest Retreats, workshops, clinics, retreats and Reggie classes she attended. 

About 20 years ago, a calligraphy friend showed Jill silk painting and she was hooked. She incorporated all of her previous studies into creative silks that are unique. Jill’s silks feature lettering, drawings, quotes on the borders and wonderful details. See her newest website: www.jillssingularsilks.com. Jill is looking forward to sharing with you! 


May 12
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:


Colorado Calligraphers’ Guild


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