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.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
And Just What Are Jane Dunnewold's Favorite Tools
The tools I couldn't live without? Or should I say - the tools that make my work better, cleaner, easier?
1. My Rowenta steam chamber iron. This was the best investment I made in 2011. The steam is always there, very powerful and makes fusing a snap. Having the iron separate from the steam chamber makes it lighter to use so I can iron a huge piece on the large cutting table by putting the iron on a rolling cart and moving it around the work table, without getting hand fatigue.
2. Misty Fuse. I never went to the original School of Fusing founded by Laura Wasilowski, but I am a convert now! Misty Fuse is the best product of its type on the market today. I use it to bond my backing fabrics to the art work, I use it to create wonderful gold leaf textures on my pieces, and I LOVE, LOVE the way the black Misty Fuse looks behind a sheer white fabric. It adds yet another layer of subtle texture. Add to this the fact that Iris Carp is one of the most responsive providers of product and service I have ever encountered and it's all a Win.
3. My 9" fabric squeegee made by Hunt Speedball. Learning to use the right squeegee jumped my work ahead leaps and bounds. This is NOT the red plastic one they make and it's NOT the graphic squeegee either, so if you look for one make sure it is the "fabric" model. Good printing is all about the tool and the mastery of technique. With this squeegee I can print house paint on silk and barely feel it.
What are your favorite tools? What tool is it that makes YOUR work better? What tool makes it easier for you to do what you do? Check back this month to find out what our favorite tools are.