I think I may be able to silk paint again!
I have, hopefully, found a reasonable alternative to silk so I can continue silk painting. I found a website that sells bamboo “silk” and I ordered a sample to see if it would take the paint and the resist and so far it has done both. The fabric itself is lighter weight than I thought it would be (in this case, a very good thing) and has a silky sheen and feel to it. The only thing I am worried about is that it won’t keep the sheen with the paint on it, and won’t have quite the same depth and brilliance that real silk does. However I think I will buy a yard of it and paint my peacock design on it and see how it goes. I am also excited because this fabric could be made into clothing, replacing silk in my wardrobe. The downside is cost which is $16 a yard. Some of the real silk at Joann’s is $14 and the flat crepe real silk at Dharma Trading Co. is only $6.95 yard. And I just found out looking at Dharma’s site that they now also have bamboo fabric although what they have will probably not be suitable for silk painting, but at $11.99 a yard is a better price range for clothes making. I am really happy though that bamboo cloth is becoming available, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to silk paint ever again!