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Welcome and thank you for your interest in my shop.

First of all - you might have noticed that ;-) - I am not a native speaker (we moved to the US 10 years ago after I have lived in Germany for over 30 years - OMG that DOES sound old ;)
In addition to the differences in language, traditions, and culture of course, Art is very different in Germany - but what a great way to connect different continents here on Etsy!!

But now down to business ;-)

Inspired by teaching children and adults in different creative subjects and raising three lively children (now 8, 10 and 14) on my own, I have given every friend and family member one or more pieces of my artwork and always got such positive feedback. After so much support and encouragement the idea for "Art goes Fun" was born…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 16
  • Joined November 23, 2007

Favorite materials

acrylics, silk, canvas

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About

Welcome and thank you for your interest in my shop.

First of all - you might have noticed that ;-) - I am not a native speaker (we moved to the US 10 years ago after I have lived in Germany for over 30 years - OMG that DOES sound old ;)
In addition to the differences in language, traditions, and culture of course, Art is very different in Germany - but what a great way to connect different continents here on Etsy!!

But now down to business ;-)

Inspired by teaching children and adults in different creative subjects and raising three lively children (now 8, 10 and 14) on my own, I have given every friend and family member one or more pieces of my artwork and always got such positive feedback. After so much support and encouragement the idea for "Art goes Fun" was born.

So now it's your turn to brighten up your house with lovely fairies, happy knights, smiling angels, kissing frogs, lovely dragons, sophisticated cats, flying cars, sweet princesses, racing dinos, twirling ballerinas, funny bugs, charming pirates and springtime paintings!

As well the acrylic paintings, there is also another section in my store called *ART to WEAR*

I also design and paint cheerful silk ties for men, if you are interested, please visit my store www.artgoesfashion.etsy.com

I began painting on silk years ago, while studying Social Work. After I started playing around with colors, I just could not stop anymore .
Painting on silk is much bigger in Europe than it is in the US (and was hard to get all the supplies needed in the US), so I would like to give you some information about the technique.

Starting out with a plain white handmade tie (made in china of course, no surprises here ;-). I think of a pattern or motif and draw it onto the tie with a pencil. Then I use an outlining paste ("gutta") to go over the pencil lines. It is very important not to forget even a single tiny spot. If you miss a little line, the paint will just float everywhere and it's hard to fix it again. I guess that's the thrill and after so many years I am quite experienced ;)


As soon as the outline has dried off, I start filling in all sections with different colors. Savoir Silk paint is a liquid paint from France. I also use "Serti"" and "DuPont", give me the best and most brilliant traits colors.

As soon as this work is done (my favorite part btw) I decide on the color for the background. This step is the scariest one for beginners, because you have a time limit of about 1-2 minutes to paint the whole tie, back and front. If it takes you too long, you'll end up with ugly dry edges. After 15 years of experience it doesn't happen to me anymore ;-) .

The last step (after 1 day of a drying period) is the steaming process. I have a special steaming "pot", a metal case that is about 3-1/2 feet long. After wrapping the tie around a pole, covering it with a special paper and placing it in the steamer, I steam it for about 2 hours (on a regular stove top is good, but outside is the best). I let it set overnight, then take out the tie. The colors are now even more brilliant and will withstand dry cleaning for many years to come!

Now you have got your lesson ;-) and am thankful to have the chance, making this GREAT hobby even more popular.

Now you know a little bit about me and the thing I love to do most: working with any kind of color (even picking colors and painting a room is fun, I think ;-) )

Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

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