Thursday, June 5, 2014

Jacquard fabric paints, Fabrico markers and Shiva paintsticks

I'm still working away using inspiration from the printmaking class I just finished with Linda Germain.  I have lots more ideas I want to pursue, which is kind of exciting.  I have finished the experiment with the piece I showed you last time.  This time I have finished the echo quilting.  Once the stitching was all done I cut out some freezer paper shapes to cover up the main images and then brayered over the whole piece using white acrylic paint.  It is interesting to note how dominant the thread colour becomes.  I also think it would have been much more dramatic on a darker background.  (More to try for next time!!!)  And, this method would cover up any detail on the painted fabric that wasn't actually stitched in.  (I've taken the photo on a bit of an angle and hopefully you can see how the paint sits on top of the fabric and allows the colour of the threads to show through.)

In addition, I have printed, using the gelatin/glycerin plate and more of the Jacquard fabric paints, some green fabric (sorry, photo next time) to use for the outside borders for my next project which is shown below (what a quick and easy way to make fabric!!).  I want to preserve some of the details of the printing so I think  that I won't be using the acrylic paint roll-over technique with this next project.  This little piece will be a gift for my guy's daughter and her husband who have just bought their first home, and the numbers represent the address of the property.

I made a freezer paper stencil to mark out the numbers and I'll use this fabric to form a little border around the printed picture, then I'll put the rest of the green printed border around the number border  (a picture next time, that'll help!!).  I used Shiva paintsticks for this freezer-paper process (I believe they are Markal paintsticks in the UK) and they worked beautifully.  I was a bit impatient to carry on so when I ironed them the next day they were still quite 'oil-paint' smelling, but no matter.  They still worked like a charm.

This monoprinted piece I have further enhanced using Fabrico markers.  I tried drawing onto fabric using inks designed for paper and the inks tended to wick away from the drawn lines out into the surrounding fabric.  Not a problem if it's the look you want, but I wanted a bit more control.  I found that the Fabrico markers stayed exactly where I put them.  I used the brush tip (they also have a chisel tip at the other end) and I am happy with how they performed.

So now I am off to decide how I want to carry on with the stitching on this piece.  I'm planning to stitch little reminders to commemorate the happenings of the day we went for our first time in their new home.  A beautiful day filled with sunshine and nature, great company and delicious food.  Hmmmm, what to stitch??.....

I'll have a think, then I'll be back....


  1. Very interesting use of the Shiva paintsticks ... but cutting the stencil must have taken forever?

  2. Hi Margaret. It did indeed take a long time to cut the stencils but I thought that three long strips, cut once and then ironed on to secure, would result in less smudging than a shorter strip lifted and re-ironed several (too many!!) times. And it was a rainy afternoon!!!