The difference between dyeing and painting silk:
Painting and dyeing silk are two different things. While I say I “paint” silk scarves, I am actually dyeing silk scarves. When you paint silk with silk paints, the paint actually sits on top of the silk fibers. When you use dye to color silk, the dye penetrates the silk fibers. I may use a paint brush to get the dye onto the silk but in fact I am dyeing the silk. When you paint silk with silk paints, the feel or “hand” of the silk is slightly changed. Dyeing the silk will not alter the hand of the silk.