Sunday, April 19, 2009

Deconstructed Screen Printing once again

I've been working on some deconstructed screen printing again, hoping it will provide some inspiration for new work. I have to pull out my notes from previous sessions so that I don't spend days relearning what I already know but have sort of forgotten. In spite of that, I still did some things that produced less than satisfactory results. So here are some of my new fabrics. You can click on the images for a larger view.

I like this one. The dot images are from some kind of tape that I got at Home Depot. I have no clue what it's supposed to be used for but it makes a great screen image. I used a Deep Cherry Red to make the screen and then used a yellow print paste for the release. Or maybe two yellows.

Torn paper for one image and a design I drew on the screen for the cross hatch lines.

Furnace filter screens for the big circles, bubble wrap for the small circles, and hand drawn circles for the medium sizes red circles.

Torn paper striping, a thermofax screen made from a previous session with torn paper, and some squares made with regular screen printing and torn paper.

This was from a screen made with big bubble wrap and it didn't work too well because the print paste covered the entire screen. So not much of the bubble wrap design showed through. And the red was an experiment in doing a monoprint by putting the dye paste on some plexiglas, pulling a striping tool through, then putting the fabric on top. It smushed the dye paste so that the stripes disappeared, so I tried putting the dye paste directly on the fabric and using the striping tool. Which sort of worked but not very well.

Blotting fabric - when making the screens I used this piece of fabric to blot up the dye paste that goes through the screen. What I find so interesting (besides the fact that it's a pretty cool piece of fabric) is that this fabric doesn't get the special batching treatment that the printed fabric gets: wrapping in plastic and sitting in a warm spot. It just sits by the side of the work table, drying out, not covered, not warm. Obviously, it's humid enough that the dye is reacting with the soda ash that is in the fabric.

One of the first pieces I did. I had an idea for these overlapping rectangles with intersecting blue rectangles (which of course turn green on the yellow dye). Not sure this worked out all that well, but I can always cut it up.

This is construction fencing and it deconstructed really well. The first pulls started at the bottom and there is a good image of the fencing. By the time I got to the top of the fabric it's only a small portion of the original image left.

Not exactly sure what I did here, but I think it involved some direct application of the dye paste.

More dotted paper and torn paper. This turned out alot lighter in color than I expected it to. I violated one of the cardinal rules of screen printing with thickened dyes. Once the dyes in the print paste come in contact with the soda ash soaked fabric they begin to react and lose their strength. Any used print paste put back into the unused print paste will begin to react. So even though the color still looks good and strong, in actuality there is not much dye left to react. I was putting the used print paste back instead of segregating it. Live and learn.

Another blotting fabric, given the same treatment as the first one. Some really interesting sections on this one also.

Good color, the way it's supposed to be.

I might have gotten carried away with the dotted paper.

Very pale background. I thought it was coming out much darker but this was using spent print paste.

I thought I was screening with a gold color but only the yellow I added to the spent paste showed up.

This is the color it is supposed to be. The dye paste on the screen was medium blue and green and the print paste was clear. So the background color is what was released from the color on the screen.

Another one where the background was supposed to be a lot more golden. I guess I won't be making that mistake again.

I still have some good print paste left, but I think I'm going to finish it off with some direct dye painting onto the fabric. And using some thermofax screens also.


Vicki W said...

Those are fantastic!

Gerrie said...

Cathy, Cathy, Cathy! What a treat it was to see this complex cloth. Wow!

TALL GIRL said... inspire me to get back down there and paint!

Karoda said...

Wow! is the word for these...insominia be damned! well worth seeing at 3:00am!

Rayna said...

I've just been teaching this again and am on my own trip with DSP - mostly going back into the unsatisfactory ones. Thanks for sharing these.

And yes, airline food in first class is somewhat of a minus. Give me Continental airlines anytime - United is for the birds.

imquilternity said...

Wow, I love them all. How fun it must have been to create them!

Cat said...

Stunning work, great inspiration, thank you so much! Cat

Karen C Schoch said...

I am really inspired by your "making fabric". I love this part of the process of being creative. I hope to get to the show and conference next year. This year i graduated from seminary so couldn't go. Thanks for putting your process out there to inspire us.