Project 5 Painting and printing part 2

I really liked dyeing my own fabrics, so I decided to try out some more techniques.

Shaving cream

I using liquid acrylics and ink to dye these samples. The technique is really easy and I like the results. I had expected that the fabric would become really stiff, but it is actually really soft.

Dyeing with shaving cream

Dyeing with shaving cream

Dyeing with shaving cream

Dyeing with shaving cream

Glue resist

I really like the result. I ‘drew’ a design with clear craft glue and painted the fabric with watered-down acrylic paint. I was a bit worried that the glue would not come off easily, but that was not a problem.

Glue resist dyeing

Glue resist dyeing

Masking tape resist

This was so easy. I made a design with masking tape and dyed the fabric with watered-down acrylic paint. Once the paint was dry, I peeled off the masking tape.

Masking tape resist

Masking tape resist

Printing with bubble wrap

I have put a piece of bubble wrap underneath my fabric and painted the fabric. The picture below is of the back of the fabric. I actually like the back of the fabric better because the different bubbles are more visible.

Printig with bubble wrap

Printing with bubble wrap

Snow dyeing

Since there has been a lot of snow lately, I had to try using snow to dye fabric. I was not sure what the best technique would be and a quick search Google search gave me a lot of different techniques, so I decided to just go ahead and try it. I first put a layer of snow in my container and put the fabric on top of it. I then added some acrylic paint and another layer of snow. I waited until the snow had melted and this is the result:

Snow dyeing

Snow dyeing

Salt and sugar resist

I dyed the sample on top with watered-down acrylic paint and sprinkled a lot of sea salt on top of it. I really like the result. I used the same technique on the second sample, but instead of using salt I used sugar. The fabric actually turned a little green. I dyed the third sample using liquid acrylic inks and masking tape.

Salt and sugar resist

Salt and sugar resist

Shibori technique

I wrapped rubber bands tightly around the fabrics and dyed the fabric using liquid acrylic inks.

Shibori technique

Shibori technique

Overall, I am satisfied with the results. I have tried a lot of new techniques and I am definitely going to dye fabric more often because I like the unique results and the experimenting.

Reflection after Project 5 Painting and printing

I think I made a pretty good selection from my drawings. Even though not every design worked well on fabric, for example the abstract drawing using which I made using acrylic paint and sand, but making mistakes and finding out that some things do not translate well onto another surface, is the only way to learn new things. The interpretations that worked best are the birds and the interpretation based upon my take on Pointillism. The sample that I am the most proud of that I made in Stage 3 is the one using inks on silk. Simply because I did not know how it would turn out and I had to let go my fears of something going wrong. It gave my a confidence boost when I saw that it turned out really well. I also like how the negative space in the middle turned out.

I used different textile surfaces. I used organza, felt, silk, linen, cotton, velvet and curtain fabric. I chose the organza because I like its sheer quality and I was really keen to find out what would happen if I started painting on it. I really liked the result. I was worried that the organza would be too thin to paint, but I worked really well. It just took a long time to dry. Another fabric that I really liked was the silk. I love how smooth it is. I was surprised how easy it was to paint on velvet and how quickly it dried. My least favourite fabric was the felt. It was really stiff and rough and difficult to paint on. The paint would not really stick onto the felt so I had to use several coats of paint. But even though I did not really like it, it was a good experience. It tried a new thing and it is all right that it did not really work.

I tried using my designs on different textile surface and on larger and smaller scales because I wanted to discover which designs and surfaces worked best. I also used textiles in different sizes. I used the same bird on three different surfaces and in different sizes. I think that it works best on the velvet because of the contrast between the dark fabric and the light paint. I also only one bird. In the other two samples, the birds are a little too close together and it is too crowded. The leaves that I made worked better in my sketchbook than on textile. Probably because painting on felt did not really work and because the leaf is too big in the other sample. Another sample that I did really like was the one were I used masking tape and paintsticks. I think it works really well because there is enough space between the different shapes because of the masking tape and the design looks really balanced. I coloured the negative spaces instead of the positive spaces in the original design.

I really love my larger sample. I ended up making a new design bases upon a sketch in my sketchbook instead of using an idea from a previous sample. I think I succeeded in creating the illusion that the sample is a piece of an even larger sample and I am proud of that.

I have learned so much during part two of this course. I have learned a lot about colours and I became more aware of how colours relate to each other. I have made and used stencils for the first time. The most important thing that I learned is that is okay if experiments turn out well and that I sometimes have to be a little less worried about doing everything perfectly. I learned in stage 1 ‘Introduction and preparation’ that ‘chaos’ sometimes looks better than ‘order’.

Project 5 Painting and printing_Stage 4 A larger sample

I decided to make a sample using a repeating pattern. I quickly decided that I wanted make which consisted of a flower, because I love drawing (imaginary) flowers. Once I started thinking about a design my mind wandered off to seventies wallpaper. I am not a fan of the colours (especially orange and brown) but I do like the bold patterns. I started sketching and I made a lot of sketches of the same design, because I wanted to make my design symmetrical. In the end, it started to feel like I was trying to solve a mathematical equation, so I decided to test my original design to see what it would like like.

This is the first test on paper using a Ranger paint dabber. I used a paint dabber because it is easier to regulate the flow of paint. I really liked the result, so I decided to use this design to print a larger piece of fabric.

First test on paper

First test on paper using a Ranger paint dabber

I glued the design on a piece of cart and stenciled it on the fabric that I wanted to use. I was not too happy. The design was really unclear and seemed to consist of some random smudges. I altered my design a little bit and tested it again. That looked a lot better, so I decided to start stenciling my larger piece of fabric.

First test on paper using a Ranger paint dabber

First test on paper using a Ranger paint dabber

This is the result:

Stage 4 A larger sample

Stage 4 A larger sample

I am really pleased with the end result. I really looks like it is part of a larger sample and I love the look of the flower in the diamond. I ended up using a stenciling brush instead of the paint dabber because the paint dabber was not flexible enough and the paint stuck onto the stencil instead of on the paper.

Project 5 Painting and printing_Stage 3 Printing and painting on fabric

For the exercise I selected a couple of different textile surfaces to print on. I chose silk, velvet, organza, cotton, curtain fabric, felt and linen. I used the design ideas I selected in Stage 3 ‘Selecting from your drawings’. And I used a couple of new drawings that I made in my sketchbook.

I was really anxious about the results. I had painted on fabric before, but only on cotton using acrylic paint. In the beginning, I was really worried that something would go wrong, but I was able to let that fear go after painting white silk using inks. Because the inks cannot be controlled, I just had to wait to see what was going to happen. It turned out to be one of my favourite samples. I love how the colours flow. Another sample that I really like is the white organza on which I stamped using empty thread spools. It is the only fabric that I used that was not plain coloured. I think the swirls in the background and the blue circles that I stamped on the fabric really work well together.

Birds on organza using Lumiere metallic acrylic paint

Birds on organza using Lumiere metallic acrylic paint

Birds on cotton fabric using paintsticks

Birds on cotton fabric using paintsticks

Flower using liquid acrylic paint and acrylic paint

Flower on cotton fabric using acrylic paint

Flowers using liquid acrylic paint, fabric markers and acrylic paint

Flowers on linen using liquid acrylic paint, fabric markers and acrylic paint

Circles on silk using inks

Circles on silk using inks

Leaves on felt using acrylic paint and fabric markers

Leaves on felt using acrylic paint and fabric markers

Blocks on curtain fabric using paintsticks

Blocks on curtain fabric using paintsticks

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Circles on organza using acrylic paint and abstract close-up on silk using fabric pastels

Circles on organza using acrylic paint and abstract close-up on silk using fabric pastels

Leaf on cotton using liquid acrylics

Leaf on cotton using liquid acrylics

Circles on cotton using acrylic paint

Circles on cotton using acrylic paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experiments with printing and painting_Stage 2 Experimenting with techniques part 2

I had never made stencils before, but once I started I found it hard to stop. I have made a bunch of different stencils that I used on fabric and paper. I used paints as well as paintsticks. I made six stencils:

Ballerina stencil

Ballerina stencil

Ballerina stencilled on rice paper

Ballerina stenciled on rice paper

Bow stencil

Bow stencil

Bow stencilled on curtain fabric

Bow stenciled on curtain fabric

Umbrella stencil

Umbrella stencil

Umbrellas stenciled on cotton fabric

Umbrellas stenciled on cotton fabric

Cat stencil

Cat stencil

Cat stenciled on handmade paper

Cat stenciled on handmade paper

 

Birds stencil

Birds stencil

Birds stenciled on structured paper

Birds stenciled on structured paper

Bird stenciled on wallpaper

Bird stenciled on wallpaper

 

Scissors stencil

Scissors stencil

Scissors stenciled on copy paper

Scissors stenciled on copy paper

My favourite stencil is the one of the umbrellas. The shape works really well as a stencil. I think the least successful stencil is the one of the scissors. I also tried using masking tape on paper.

Mask

Mask

Experiments with printing and painting_Stage 2 experimenting with techniques

I really liked this stage. I’ve painted on fabric before, but I had never made stencils or masks or made my own stamps. I started with making stamps out of fun foam and using everyday objects to stamp onto fabric and an assortment of papers.

Relief blocks

I made two relief blocks. I used string, rice and found objects for the first block. For the second block I only used string.

Relief blocks

Relief blocks

Relief block

Relief block

Relief block

Relief block

The rice did not really work, probably because it is too small. I like the effect, but I think less is more in this case, because the block with just the string on it gives the best results.

Leaves

Ever since I was I child, I’ve collected leaves to dry them but until recently I had never used them to stamp with.

Relief block and leaf

Relief block and leaf

Leaves

Leaves

Leaves and found objects

Leaves and everyday objects

Everyday objects

I tried stamping with empty tread spools, bubble wrap and fun foam flowers. I am really pleased with the effect that I created with the tread spools.

Stamping with everyday objects

Stamping with everyday objects

Fun foam

A while ago, I started making my own stamps out of fun foam. I really like it because it is a cheap and easy way to make a lot of stamps.

Leaves out of fun foam

Leaves out of fun foam

 

Leaves out of fun foam

Leaves out of fun foam

 

 

 

Stage 4 Developing design ideas

The original drawing of these circles was really colourful, so I decided to redraw it using grays. I used gouache in the colours carmine and viridian.

Old

Close-up of circles

Close-up of circles

New

Stage 4 Developing design ideas

Stage 4 Developing design ideas

The original drawing was made with watercolour and paint. For the new drawing I used pastels and I used a drinking straw to blow water of the drawing.

Old

Gesso flower

Gesso flower

New

Stage 4 Developing design ideas

Stage 4 Developing design ideas

Old

I redrew this drawing using a handcarved stamp. I made another version using acrylic paint and bubblewrap paper. I like both effects, even though they are both really different.

Pointillism close-up

Pointillism close-up

New

Stage 4 Developing design ideas

Stage 4 Developing design ideas

New 2

Stage 4 Developing design ideas

Stage 4 Developing design ideas

I recreated this drawing with a collage. I used paper, yarn and glitter cardstock paper.

Old

Close-up of a drawing made with acrylic paing and sand

Close-up of a drawing made with acrylic paint and sand

New

Stage 4 Developing design ideas

Stage 4 Developing design ideas