Play With Surface Design

Well, it was actually play with paint, but surface design sounds fancier. One of my goals for 2017 was to build on fabric I had printed with thickened dyes at a workshop last fall. For no reason I can explain, the dyes faded a lot on some of my fabric when I washed it, especially ones made with a soy wax resist.

soy-wax-1I had three that looked a lot like this; the vibrant greens had mostly washed out.

A recent paint play date gave me a chance to improve them. Participants brought a wild assortment of objects to print with. Some were ad hoc such as springs, cat toys, chop sticks, bubble wrap, and rubber door stoppers; while others were purpose made, such as stencils and fancy foam brushes. I availed myself of many of these tools, plus empty toilet paper tubes, truly the Swiss army knife of printing.

silk-screen-with-paintThe results are definitely more colorful than what I started with. I may add more to them at the next painting session.

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Filed under Fabric Printing, In Process, Techniques

9 responses to “Play With Surface Design

  1. Oh that looks like so much fun!

    • The big discovery was the imprint from the back of the rubber door stopper. One painter used metallic paint on black fabric with it, and it looked like an Egyptian cartouche.

  2. Neat results… Looks like my kind of fun!

  3. These turned out great. I like the red dots poking through the layers on the top one. And the triangular shapes on the lower one really add interest, too. I need to find some paint-playmates…

  4. It sounds like a fun get-together–your recent product is a lot more interesting!

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