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.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Monday, December 28, 2015
I started with a small piece of white fabric and screened on the "Color Magnet" with a thermofax screen.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
The example below is a crow done in charcoal, colored pencils and chalk. The rocks and twig are thread sketched but the rocks are colored with pencil as well.
For this post I decided to use water soluble crayons or pastels.
I started with these "color blocks" on the bottom of the silk screen.
The marks seemed tentative so I placed the silk screen on a sheet of waxed paper and drew on the inside of the screen. I could press harder and I got more color on my screen.
I laid the finished screen on the fabric and wet it with a solution that would make the colors permanent. It is called Base Extender from ProChemical and Dye and it is in essence fabric paint with no color. It turns clear. When applied it covers the fugitive media in a coat of clear acrylic fabric paint making it permanent AFTER heat setting the dry fabric. It MUST be washed out of the screen immediately so the screen isn't ruined
Monday, December 21, 2015
I had these screens made. I drew on paper the design I wanted on these three, with a pen, and sent them to Lyric Kinard for processing.
During all of these silk screening post, I have used thickened dyes. This time I used fabric paint. Fabric paint has to dry 3 weeks or be heat set before it is permanent.
I "attempted to heat set the paints but my printing table can be damaged by heat so I was a bit tentative. The results show it too.
After "alleged" heat setting, I used thickened dyes with a credit card.
Friday, December 18, 2015
Here is the screen with the Elmer's Washable School Glue on the screen. I never had a problem getting the glue out of the screen before but during the Maine Event I had to cut out the screen and replace it. Not a big deal but it was odd. I think it was because I left it on over a week. This screened cleaned up pretty easily.
Here is the screen and glue. I think the blue glue might be easier to remove.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
On the printing table, I laid out crumpled waxed paper, a real favorite of mine along with some bubble wrap. I wasn't all that creative. I was trying for simplicity
I apllied some turquoise and purple thickened dye to the screen and drew it across to pick up the textures of the materials below. Remember never to put soda ash into this thickened dye in this step.
Here it is being held up to the light in the window. You can see the great texture in the dye.
The next day (or whenever the thickened dye on the screen is DRY), you place the screen on your pre-soda soaked fabric. Apply some print paste which is actually thickened dye without the dye OR thickened water. Get it? It's just clear thick wet. It wets the dried dye and pushes it through the screen to the fabric below.