Thursday, October 24, 2013
NO CLASS NEXT WEEK
I will see you all again on November 6 and we will play with paint. If you have any Seta Color or Dyna Flo bring them to class along with fabric. You can use any fiber with paint so if you have a poly cotton blend or such it will work. Also any opaque objects you may want to use to make sun prints.
Friday, October 18, 2013
I will spend Monday and Tuesday getting things ready for class. Don't forget to Soda Ash your cotton if you are using cotton to print on. Bring your screens and fabric, also any stencils, silk screens or stamps you may want to use.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
We will be printing with the screens we painted today. If you want to take it a step further bring stencils, silk screen, or foam stamps and you can add to the images you "Breakdown". It is easier to handle if you are doing yardage for a garment to cut into sections before printing. For a shirt a section 36" X 45" will do a front or back and another 3/4 yard will do sleeves. If you have a pattern in mind draw the pattern pieces onto the fabric lightly with a pencil or water erasable pen. That way you will know just where to print.
If you want a particular color of dye please send me a e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know by Tuesday morning. I'm not making every color, but I will add a few to what I already made. Also whether you want cotton or silk.
Thank you for accommodating me today so I could go to watercolor workshop for the afternoon. I am really enjoying it. I am learning a lot about "Painting People in the Landscape".
Friday, October 11, 2013
Bring your blank silk screen or supplies to make one.
4 stretcher bars
nylon or poly organza
staple gun (I have one if you don't)
Duct Tape (I have 2 big rolls)
We will paint the screens with thickened dye and let them dry for 1 week.
The next week we will print our screens. Are you going to do cotton or silk?
Monday, October 7, 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013
We started class with "Parfait Dyeing" but something was wrong with the dye. It washed out except for blue which is usually the one that is fugitive. I have done some research and I think I have an idea of what the problem might have been.
Usually I mix the dyes for class the day before, because of the baby arriving I mixed the dyes about 10 days before class. According to some of the research I did Procion MX dyes, once mixed, only last about 5 to 6 days at full strength. They are also sensitive to heat and they had been sitting in my garage during a very HOT spell. I apologize for the screw up. I will be mixing dye on Tuesday for our class on Wednesday. I suggest that you "Parfait" again if you were doing cotton. The Silk dyes seemed to be ok.