Thursday, March 24, 2005

Play Day

Today I met with 3 friends for a play day. We brought paints, stamps, thermofax screens, and other odds and ends to experiment with. I took pictures of us working but they're all blurry so I'm not posting them. Martha and Floris had some thermofax screens they wanted to work with. Getting the hang of screenprinting takes a little practice. The paint has to be the right consistency and you have to be careful that when pulling the paint you don't smear it or move the screen. Floris' screens were very cool - she had taken pictures of things like leaves and rocks and simplified them to line patterns. The effects were really wonderful. Dale was visiting from out of town and so she borrowed fabric and supplies from the rest of us. She really liked the curved tip syringe because you can draw very thin lines on the fabric.

These are the fabrics that I did:



This is a stamp made from a styrofoam meat tray that had a grid pattern on it. The paint is a metallic but I think all the shiny bits came off in the first roll.




This is a monoprint. The original fabric was lavender. I spread dark blue paint on an acrylic sheet, pulled one of those design thingies for doing wood grains through it and then laid the fabric down and pressed it into the paint.




These are squiggles made with a curved tip syringe.




A sponge print with several different colors, and a spiral stamp.




And this is the stamp I carved.

8 comments:

Gerrie said...

Love the fabrics from your play day. I just love the curved tip syringe - where can I get one of those?

Karoda said...

ooo, my fave is the stamp you carved...but all of them are delicious designs!

Lisa, Procrastinator Extraordinaire said...

Yummy! Thanks so much for sharing the pictures and how you did them. I feel inspired! Aren't play days the greatest?!

teri springer said...

Wow...looks like funners!! And especially with the infamous Floris around. But where was Betty?? Couldn't she play too? I HAVE to get this S & N challenge finished so I can do some playing....

teri

PaMdora said...

I love the stamp too! I'm a big fan of your work, since I first saw your website mentioned on the QuiltArt net.

Debra said...

I WANT TO LEARN SCREENPRINTING.

Yes, i yelled it. I'm hoping when artquilt tahoe comes to Berkeley next spring that jane dunnewold will be teaching screen printing.

Rayna said...

Cathy - nice, as usual!

Gerrie - My curved tip syringe source is wholesale only and in large quantities: they are part of the supply fee in certain workshops I give. However, Dharma has syringes that are absolutely fine for this kind of work, even without the curved tip.
http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/2131-AA.shtml

lizzieb said...

Great fun! You've got some wonderful fabric to work with now. Your Ides of March piece is really awesom!