dye-painting silk workshops

painting silk in the serti method using non-toxic, water-base dyes

"Dye-painting silk is like watercolors on steroids."

In this full-day silk painting experience, you create three items: a spontaneous scarf, a designed scarf, and a handkerchief sample. Class size is 3 to 5 students, allowing more instructor coaching time for each student, and plenty of studio space. 

schedule - spring 2019

T.B.D - Sat/Sun, May 18/19 or May 25/26
Saturday - 1:00pm to 5:30pm, and then Sunday - 9:00am to 12:30pm or until artwork is completed (it sometimes takes longer).

Each class is two half-days, an afternoon and a morning. This allows for travel time to/from, and a rest in the middle of creating.

Workshops may be special-arranged by appointment. Call or email with a proposed date and group size.
Contact the artist if you are interested in a class.


location of classes

Dye-painting workshops are hosted in Steve's home-studio. It is a serene lakeside space with nice lighting.

The address is 4137 116th Avenue SE
Olympia WA 98501.




$325 per student includes:
  • Completion of two 11 x 60 silk scarves (one spontaneous texture and one designed) and a handkerchief sketch/sample
  • Silk, dyes, materials and supplies
  • Instruction on silk dyes and resists
  • Mixing of dye colors
  • Coaching & assistance creating your silk scarf
  • Steam-setting of your silk artwork for permanence (hand-washable and dry-cleanable)
  • Shipping of your silks to you when steam-set
  • For your designed scarf, you'll dye 11 x 60 inch 100% silk in habotai. Habotai is easiest and recommended for your first silk class (crepe de chine or silk satin by arrangement).

availability & reservations

You may call or email to verify class availability. To reserve your place, send a check for $325 per student to the business address which is at the page bottom (footer).
Please make checks payable to visibleinvisible. Thanks!

preparing for your class

Click here for more information on how to prepare for the class and what items to bring with you.
Here left are students getting started at a class (previously) held at the Olympia Old Carnegie Library. Click on the photo to see some very creative silk painters having lots of fun.

Click here or on photos to see some of the students' work in February-March 2014.

Click here to see students in action July 30, 2016

Click here to see the April 2017 workshop.

Click here to see photos of the May 2017 workshop.


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