Thursday, December 9, 2010

Artist Spotlight and GIVEAWAY: Barbara Jean Design Studio

Nestled in the majestic Adirondack Mountains of New York in the town of Beaver River Station there is a unique opportunity to learn silk painting in a rustic setting. As you take your water taxi to your final destination your stress will melt away and your excitement will build for the one of a kind experience you are about to have.

Barbarajean Weingart shares her 25 years of experience painting silk and
other natural fabrics at these weekend retreats and we are thrilled to have her in the artist spotlight this week!

Q: Barbara, can you give us a brief outline of your experience and how it led you to where you are today?

A: I started painting silk in the early 1980's from a trip to Germany where there were beautiful hand painted silks in lots of galleries.  My son, who speaks fluent German, got a description of how to do it and where to get the supplies.  I brought home lots of supplies and began working.  Soon I had requests for my work and had my work in galleries in NY.

Q: What is your technique? How do you make such beautiful designs?

A: I mostly use a technique called gutta serti, which is using gutta (a liquid rubber) to outline a design I draw on the silk, which prevents one color from flowing into another (kind of like a dam).  However, I use many more techniques.  Some of which  I learned in classes with masters.

Q: How did you come up with the idea for a weekend retreat?

A: While in graduate school for art, I discovered that I loved to teach my craft to adults.  I have a cabin in the Adirondacks which I love to be at, and decided to share the wonder of the place with the wonder of learning my craft.

Q:  How can people learn more about your designs and the retreats?

A: They can send for a flyer which describes most of what they will experience.  Preferably on email:, or by calling me at 315 474 0402.  I have a website which is being worked on so is not complete:

Thank you Barbarajean for being in our Artist Spotlight!


Barbarajean would love for one lucky winner to have THIS to the left as their very own 54x8 silk scarf titled "Water Under Ice"!

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* Contest ends Thursday December 16th at noon.
* One person will be randomly selected!
* Winner will be announced December 17th!



  1. I love learning about new things, the process in making them, and this blog does just that!
    Thanks for the chance to win this delightful scarf, it's BEAUTIFUL!

  2. I have been a Follower of this blog for a few weeks, and am enjoying all the crafty goodies. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  3. lovely scarf! Thank you for this chance to win one of Barbara's creations.

  4. hye, im here.

    thanks for the chance of giveaway and a very adorable idea ! i love scarf and i'd definitely wear this with my yellow tunics.

    what an awesome blog you have and cute stuff here in here is quilted purse, loving food and new craft things here.

    thank you!

  5. Wow !!! Such beautiful work. The fabrics are YUMMY !!!!

  6. Such beautiful fabrics!!!! I would love to win that scarf :)

  7. What a beautiful scarf. I do love and wear a lot of red and black.

  8. I love red! I've played with water colors before and it amazes me how she can get such crisp designs without everything just blurring into one big grey mess.

  9. Water Under Ice! Perfect for this Pisces woman to wear year round. I love the way the design flows. I hope it ends up in my wardrobe.


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