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.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Sceenprinting with quilting ring and glue

Most of us still have a quilting ring
Attach some gauze to the ring. This case I used synthetic gauze used for paper making.
Draw something of your choosing on the gauze.

Cover everything that will NOT be printing with glue. Place the ring on a surface with the drawing on top.

Tape a window around the drawing. On the back tape wider and extra. This is the side from where the paint will be applied.

You can check if everything is covered by holding the ring against the light. All the small holes should be filled with glue.

Now printing!!

When cleaning the screen ( with water), some of the glue will dissolve but that can always be reapplied.
This way ( by removing and/or reapplying the glue)) it is always possible to adjust your print. This way you can make different images with just one drawing.

Monday, October 14, 2013


I have planned an exhibition next year. Therefore, I am now creating new work, based on a figure made with aluminium prints.
I believe the pictures speak for themselves which technique I used.
Next time I will talk about screenprinting with glue and a quiltingring.
I am still waiting for yours exemples annvanherle@hotmail.com


There 's work to be done!


Monday, October 7, 2013

Printing with aluminium foil part 2

You can also draw on the cardboard.

Then apply glue on the drawing and attach a tread ( different thickness)


Once it is dry apply the aluminium foil in the same manner as explained.
The first attemps might not be as good as you hoped for, but the prints will improve after the plate has been used a few times.




Next time I show you  what I did with some off the prints.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


This month I will explain more about printing with aluminium foil, tinfoil,( die-stamp printing) and screen-printing with a quilt ring and glue.

A piece of hard cardboard
Dried leafs and flowers or material that will give a good relief
Aluminium foil (the heaviest you can find)
paint ( textile paint, block print paint)


Make a composition on the cardboard and attach it with glue.
Apply glue on the entire surface. Attach the foil to the composition. Make sure the composition is tightly encapsulated with the foil. Therefore press with your finger the foil in every surface. The back of the cardboard also needs to be covered with the foil.

Again let it dry completely
Press everything hard with a glass bottle ore a rolling pin

Iron the fabric. Apply paint to the press-plate. Do not use too much as a start and make a proof.

Examine the proof and adjust as desired (more or less paint). After a few prints the press-plate will become better and better.

Since your plate is completely covered with foil it is possible to change colours. Wipe the plate clean with water, let dry and it is ready to be used again. Once you are familiar with the technique it is easy to adjust size and subject. The plates will go a long way.

Send photo’s of your work and I can let them seen on the blog. Next week another way to print with foil.