Thursday, June 28, 2012

This week - Thursday - Silk screen printing with dyes

 The first image is the result (prior to the laste stage, steaming which will be done tomorrow). This is silk screen printing with permanent dyes. You have to paint your image with these watery dyes over this mesh and you can't see properly and hope for the best. I quite like the result and unexpectedly, this method too! Last day of course tomorrow...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wednesday - silk screen printing still

i was half an hour late and didn't have time to think properly what I'm going to do so had to quickly draw a leafy brancy thing.. I like this printing method - things so far has come out sharp and impressive (not as expected) even though I have a sore sore on my index finger from pushing down the scalpel.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

this week - tuesday - silk screen printing

This is so much fun! Today I attempted drawing, cut paper stencils (with my granny's old scalpel) and silk-printed two of my designs on to linen. so. cool. My creativity was given a rusty squeaky push, I am getting a mad rush of ideas and thoughts. I wish I had the time. But I do hope to try it at home.

Monday, June 25, 2012

this week

Today for the first time in I don't know how long I held a paint brush in my hands and applied that paint to paper to create marvellous designs like these and printed them on synthetic fabrics. I am doing a short (very short, 5-day) course on printed textiles in the college of art and design here in Dublin. Today we learnt about transfer printing which is printing on synthetic fabrics with synthetic dyes. First you need to paint/print your design on paper and then heat them sandwiched together at high temperature so the dye transfers on to your fabric. You can build up your design by applying multiple layers. You can also use resists like I've done with those pieces of twigs and grass which leave the area underneath them without dye, white in this case. This is a lot of fun I must say and the good thing is that you don't need a professional press like the one we used in the class today - you can use iron at cotton settting. This is great! I liked experimenting with different colours. These dyes may be confusing as they come out totally different from what they look like on paper. I look forward to tomorrow - we'll be printing on natural fabrics. I'm bringing lots of linen!