I have finished the class with Linda Germain (Printmaking, such a great class) and I am starting to play around with the idea of printing onto fabric using some of the techniques taught in Linda's class. This first picture is of two of my paper prints that I did using my own stencils (except for the one on the far left, the string of circles, which is a purchased stencil from Joggles).
These next ones are my translation of the above paper pieces except that I have used Jacquard Fabric paints.
I get so frustrated that things don't last forever. I have had some of these paints for quite a few years (four or five maybe?) and some of them have become too liquid to use on fabric. Sigh. Nonetheless, I made do. (How silly of me to think that things will sit quietly in the cupboards, in pristine and ready condition, waiting until the moment I choose to use them. But honestly, why not!!!) I used soft rubber brayers to spread the fabric paint onto the gelatin plate that I made in Linda's class and it seemed to work just fine. Now I have to decide about what sort of stitch I want to put onto the fabric. And I haven't heat-set it yet either. But all in all, I am pleased with how the fabric paints worked onto the fabric. I found it somewhat difficult to get the same level of transparency that one can achieve with the Speedball waterbased inks onto paper, as in the top pieces, but this is just my first attempt, so I'm not calling it quits just yet!! I also want to try the same idea with thickened dyes onto soda-soaked fabric.
Thickened dyes onto fabric will have to wait a bit however. My guy has been away all winter (he doesn't like our winter climate, too grey for him) and he is coming home next week. You may have noticed that this blog is not filled with stories of how I spend my time cleaning and polishing. Today I gave my vacuum cleaner a good workout....but it's definitely not over yet!!! (Dust bunnies be warned!) So I shall spend some time cleaning but, I don't know, maybe not polishing. I mean, I do have some other fun projects I'd like to get done before he gets home as well. Priorities, right????
I'll be back.....