Many of you must be familiar with multicolor printing, using different colours of print paste side by side.
This kind of multicoloured prints are rather difficult to control, so I would like to introduce a less known technique which I much prefer.
The materials I used are, thermofax screens (personally I like to work with positive and negative screens, so I can colour the background as well), water soluble wax crayons and a transparent base extender.
One good transparent base extender widely available in the US is Golden soft gel medium matte. In Europe I like to use Printperfekt 226 EC from Colormatch System (The one on the photo has the old name of this product on it). Both are transparent, acrylic base extenders for textile printing. They fix the colour pigments of the wax crayons to the textile surface. As I mentioned, this is very important, that the wax crayons are water soluble.
I colour the screens with wax crayons - I'm not working too exact, the transition from one colour to another will not happen sharp but rather "blurred", so it doesn't bring much to work exactly.
I cover all the openings with colour pigments from the wax crayons and print it with the transparent base extender. It is a kind of "breakdown printing": the base extender has to wet the pigments first and deconstruct them on the textile surface. This means pulling down the squeegee 10 to 20 (!) times, depending on how forceful the vax crayons were used. (More pressure by drawing means more times pulling down the squeegee on the screen.)
Here is a grey/brownish/black background and the print it gives:
Combining the a positive and a negative screen together results in a multicolour print with just in two printing processes - one for the reds and one for the grey/blue ones.
The same two screens with grey/black background and blue foreground.
There is never a 100% coverage of the positive and the negative prints, the basic colour of the fabric shines through this imprecision and at the same time it adds depth to the whole picture, so sometimes I even exaggerate the imprecision, like with the red/grey print.
Instead of vax crayons you can also use water soluble colour pencils. Be aware, that they have substantially less colour pigments, so the resulting print is much more delicate. On the other hand they suit better to emphasize fine and fragile details.
Here is a print made with colour pencils:
And finally, instead of using exposed screens, you can draw on empty screens and print it on a dyed fabric:
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