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.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
IN the scrapbooking section of the local Joann's store, there are these laser-cut papers that looked like they would make cool stencils. So I bought a few on sale and tried to figure out how to use them. They're made of heavy paper, but I wanted to use them to stencil dye on fabric.
Well, Mr S came to the rescue. In his own personal stash he had some stuff that he uses to coat the handles of tools with rubber so that they have non-slip grips. Why not try it?
So after a test on some notebook paper, I sprayed it on my laser-cut paper and it worked! It made my paper stencil usable with wet media.
Alternatively, I suppose I could have just used paint, but this was too cool to pass up. Mr. S claims it comes in different colors, so I could have had something in other than basic black.
I had these boring hand-dyes, so I stenciled on some thickened dyes. But the dye wasn't strong enough (it's been in my fridge for a while) and it's better, but still pretty boring.
I was too impatient to do more dyes. So I got out my Setacolor paints and rolled on some fuchsia and purple.
And voila! Much more interesting.
I had these boring bits from my deconstructed screen printing experiments. So I made up a plate with cardboard and hot glue and used these colored pencil sticks to rub the design onto the fabric.
I really liked the circular feel of Nienke's Rosarium (here) And I tried to get the feel of it without copying her work. --Still pretty boring.
So I took a cue from her and stenciled on flowers and leaves and sprayed them with water. I'm not crazy about mine. Maybe it needs some gold? I think that the paint colors fight with the background color. And the circular thing just isn't happening at all.
But for this side, I used a mixture of golden yellow and purple paint and just rolled it on over a stencil of leaves and I love this one. The colors are much better together and I could see using this whole or cutting it up.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
First we covered up Beth's print table with a large sheet of plastic. Second we marked the plastic with tape to indicate the measurements of our fabric. Then came the sloppy fun; we spread thickened dye on the plastic. Now if it had been paint, it would have laid nicely and behaved but because it was thickened dye it bubbled on the plastic making wonderful bubbly patterns.