I’ve been making some samples for a course I’m teaching at the moment, using Setacolour with thermofax screens and Dy Na Flow fabric paints. I use the latter whenever I paint silk, but they work well on cotton and calico too. I wanted to try different techniques on this course for a change, but the set up isn’t ideal for procion dyes, which I would normally use.
I use Setacolour now with my thermofax screens as a matter of course, and the prints are excellent. I have some new finer mesh to try out too, which I am about to use to make screens for a new piece of work. I can see how thermofax printing is adding to the development of new aspects of my work, as I gradually use the new printed fabrics I have been building up over the past few months. Below are some images of the thermofax screen printed fabrics, all from my own drawings. Most are quite linear, and I will be experimenting with some more visually textured screens in the future.
Here are some on the washing line after dyeing, and below, some close ups.
This was a real test piece, but I like it best of all, along with the monkeys below.
Some I decided to keep pale and interesting, below.
This one isn’t out of focus, don’t worry either, it’s not your eyes, it’s a double print.
Another technique I used involved block prints and acrylic paint; you can simply brush the paint onto the fabric too, or print with leaves or anything you have to hand. When the paint is dry, I painted on a combination of drawing inks and acrylic inks; you get vibrant fabric with a wonderful resist from the paint, whether the colours are bold or subtle, and some texture from the paint if it is thicker.
As usual the drop cloth was something I wanted to keep and use. It has been added to since, with more black, but I will cut it in two to make a diptych, with additions of course; I’m not sure how it will develop. It’s a little too yellow at the moment, but that can be altered.
I just noticed I forgot to include this refined chappie below, especially for those of you who like a zingy bit of fabric. This is Setacolour and Dy Na Flow.
And to finish on more colour, clashing wonderfully with that above, some inspiration for another piece; and because I love a rowan tree.