21 January 2012

The Crow Part 2

Still not finished but much more colorful. Today Judith came over for some deconstructed screen printing. I just can't stop myself and Judith came over for some of the fun too.
I used some of the thickened dye to color the background of the crow.
I used the sticker to "mask" off the quilted crow to protect it from the dye. Then I saturated the quilt that you see with a spray bottle of soda ash. The fabric was pretty wet when I started applying the thickened dye. I placed thickened dye dye and print paste on a piece of plexiglas. The dye was very dark so the print paste was used to lightened it.

I used a credit card to scrape the thickened dye onto the quilt front.

One of the things I like about using this technique is the minor combining of the colors along the lines where they meet. Maybe will will see this in Crow part 3 when we have the BIG REVEAL. That would be tomorrow.
Later I added some darker brown under the crow as shade. This was Judith's idea and a good one at that.


NOW for more deconstructed cotton. Please remember this is still wet. It is batching as I write this. Come back tomorrow for the fabric washed and line dried (still no dyer).

First I want to tell you about 2 things we did for the first time. One was my idea: placing the used screen when it was exhausted on the light or white blobs and screening color in just that one spot I think this is something you need to see in action to "get".

However, Judith's idea was a great stroke of genius. Her idea was to load the squeegee with clear clean print paste and draw it over a finished print to try to drag a bit of color over the white spots. I was afarid this would smear the print but it didn't. Don't ask me how BUT I can tell you here is a lot of power in the first "strike" of dye. We found it so.
Here are my wet prints which are now batching.






 I took the cup of sludge (used print paste) and made a few prints. I think they were very effective. Two are below the sludge cup.

2 comments:

  1. I love how your crow is turning out!
    You 'sound' like you're having so much with the deconstructed cotton. I'm not sure why it's called deconstructed?

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  2. My English isn't good enough and the translation sucks, so I dont nog how you did it but your prints are fantastic.

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