Saturday, April 14, 2012

Printing on Plastic


 I secured this big piece of plastic -- I think it's a tile for a dropped ceiling -- and used it for my next series of monoprinting experiments.  I was hoping to find a way to create marble-like images without the fuss and bother of a traditional size and using thickened dyes instead of paint.


So I didn't scratch my brand-new piece of plastic, I got the plastic combs from my marbling supplies for combing through the dyes.


But as soon as I laid the fabric down, the intricate fine lines were smashed and lost.  So I found that if I laid down a layer of plain thickener and then dropped on the thickened dyes and combed through, there was more of that lovely patterning.


 I didn't use any resists other than the base layer of thickener and, yes, there are some dogs here.


 I had a lot of fun smooshing the dye around on the plastic -- I found that if I didn't clean the plastic of the dyes from the previous print, they would mix with the plain thickener and provide a bit of color in the background.


So none of these are really white (although they look that way to me in the photos).  And as long as I stayed away from combining colors that would create mud, it was a pretty successful venture; although I was not really able to create fine marbled patterns because the dyes don't spread like paint on size.  Oh -- and it's good to wear gloves to do this.

4 comments:

  1. Well done in the search of... A friend of mine is using soap as a thickener to copy the marble effect and gets nice soapflowerresults. http://marriette.blogspot.com/2012/03/zeep-bloemen-verven.html
    Will ask her if i can post it here in english!

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  2. your effort make it easy to follow..I will keep it in mind Printing on plastic and will use it if i needed.

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  3. Very helpful for those who are in search of reputable company dealing in printing on plastic....

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