Sunday, April 3, 2011

My Hand-Painted Silk Is Featured In Super Raw Life Magazine! Am I Famous Yet?

Finally!! My name in lights!!

Here's one of the pages of the magazine. That's the color-chart I painted for myself.
It helps me to decide on my color-schemes.

A corner of my studio and the art supplies - that I love!!
Trying not to use the same photos that are in the magazine,
I'll give you some of the steps of silk-painting.

New brushes!! Be still my heart!! I LOOOVE new brushes!!

To begin, I hand-washed the silk to remove the sizing.

Then the piece was hung to dry.

Next it was attached to the stretcher bars.

And the design was sketched on.

Then it was outlined with a resist.

Let the painting begin!

More painting...

And more...

And still more...

Yup. More.

The butterflies are the "Super Raw Life Magazine" logo.

This scarf was commissioned by, Michele Marie Jeppson, Editor in Chief of the magazine.
(And an all-around great gal!!)

And since she is a raw foodist -

And the magazine is about raw food (and SO much more!!) -

It was only fitting that the design should be raw food, greens, veggies and fruit.

Many, many hours later, the scarf was completed. And I was happy with the results.
(I'm my worst critic.)

After the dyes dried, the scarf was rolled between sheets of steaming paper.

Then it was steamed in a stove-top steamer, for three hours.
That makes the colors wash-fast.

After the scarf has been steamed, the colors are even brighter. Love that!

Then the excess dyes were washed-out until the water was clear.

And it was hung to dry.

The last step was ironing. (I wish everything was that easy to iron!)

And here it is - "Raw Food So Good",

14" x 70",

Crepe De Chine silk scarf.

And here is the gorgeous Michele, wearing her new scarf to the "Sundance Film Festival".

Here is another photo of my friend, Michele, and her original scarf.
(The photo was taken by the talented, Bayli Shelton.)

Please go to this link, to get your free-download of Super Raw Life Magazine.
With your free membership you'll be able to access the current and past issues of this fabulous magazine! (I'm a big fan of free.)

That's Michele on the cover of the first issue. The girl lost... wait for it...
72 pounds in 75 days!!!! WOW!!

If you'd like to see more of my work, please take a peek at my website.
Thank you.

This is from a post about young children painting on silk.
(My little grand-brats.)

For more about silk-painting, here are some previous posts;

Thanks for your time, everyone.
Ya'll come back now, ya hear?!

There are SO many things to love!
I love "Followers" and comments too!
(Thank you.)

Signing off for now,


  1. you are so talented! i love how you take us through the process. the raw foodie scarf is GORGEOUS! where's mine?=)

    congrats on the article! how exciting!!!


  2. Gabriele- You are SOOO talented. What a wonderful piece of art. You should be so proud of yourself to be featured~ But,you, being the humble person you are, will have a hard time with that so I will be proud FOR you! And OF you! Youd did a wonderful job!!!!! xxoo Diana Missed seeing you here lately!!!

  3. Wow, that is awesome. I wish I had your talent. I would consider you famous now if you didn't think you were before. :) Love your work and am very proud for you. HUGs.

  4. Congratulations!!!! :) You are famous now!!!! :))) All your scarfs looks so amazing!

    Have a nice week!!


  5. Even better than famous, you're genius! brilliant! And you write a nice blog.

  6. Lovely post and lovely pictures; you are so talented. Congratulations!Wish you were closer.

  7. Wow! Can we say we knew you when? Congrats though, what an honor. Beautiful scarf.

  8. How very beautiful! Your work is so unique and you have such a way with colors ... you have extraordinary talent Missy Gabriele!

  9. Congrats on being published, sweets!!! I just wanted to say it's no surprise, your creations are fantastic and belong in a magazine! You are one talented gal...I'm am very proud for you.

    Sending big hugs across the miles,
    the other Gabriele:)

  10. Oh wow. I feel famous just knowing you! So yes, the answer is - You ARE famous :) congrats! Tracy

  11. You are amazing! And talented! And famous in my eyes! So happy to see you getting the press you deserve. Congratulations!!

    (When I first read, I thought you called your grandchildren "grandRATS" and chuckled at the vision!)

  12. Thank you SO MUCH, everyone!!
    I'm smiling from ear-to-ear!! :]
    Sending love your way ~

  13. How wonderful your art is! I love seeing the stages of your work. And you are famous for sure! Much love to you, my dear friend. The recognition is so deserved.

  14. Wow, beautiful work!!!! I was actually just enquiring what brand of stovetop steamer you are using? The width looks bigger than most I have seen and I would be interested in finding one a similar size.

    1. Thank you, Rebecca!
      The steamer is referred to as "The Bullet Steamer". I don't know the measurements, offhand. I bought it from Dharma Trading Co., in California.
      Hope that helps.