A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.

Friday, May 22, 2015

prints in progress

What to do with those disappointing screen prints ones that seem too plain?
Nancy here again to share some prints in progress.
I am generating some ideas for working back into some pieces with 
Derwent Inktense pencils and/ or embroidery and beadwork.  I might 
use some gold leaf, or even Paintstiks. All of these media work well 
and do not change the hand of the fabric. 

Another thought is to mount a small motif on a tiny canvas and then 
do the embellishing afterwards. 
In order to learn embroidery, I just completed an online crazy 
quilting class. Previously I have only done the simplest of 
embroidery stitches and wanted to learn more.  
Here's my sampler on plain fabric. The course taught by Kathy Shaw 
was extremely helpful. Now I think I can tackle some free form 
embellishment of these abstract screen prints. 
These are works in progress. I'll let you know how my experiments turn out. 


My work will be in a pop-up show on Wednesday night. So tomorrow 
I am preparing for a framing day. Some are ready, others are sitting 
on mat colors testing them out. Some will be framed with multiple 
images, others will be cut up into small images and framed indiviually.  
These three are finished and ready to go to the pop up show. 
Nancy Warren  


  1. Nancy,
    Where is your pop up show going to be held?
    I live in Charleston area and would enjoy seeing it.

  2. at First glance, the rolls of threads look like bonbons, or am I just thinking chocolate.

  3. Great and very encouraging as I've signed up for the class as well. :)

  4. I really like this idea of framing the prints. I think it could be a motivating factor for my trying out that kind of printing.
    Sandy in the UK

  5. Neocolour 1 crayons work really well to add colour or define areas, they are not water soluable so don't need fixing. Not to be confused with the neocolour 11 which are and do.


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