this is one of my favorite summer quotes -
i took it for a digital page for ajj, though the photo actually is from last year,
as the current summer Looks like this:
my intentions had been to go on with my sun printing experiments,
AND I DID !!
because (as i already wrote in my last post) this technique functions on this theory:
Water evaporates from the exposed (uncovered) surface of the fabric faster than from the covered Areas. Water diffuses from the covered fabric (under the stencil) to the dryer (air exposed) fabric and is pulling the paint pigments along with it.
so i thought: this process should function without sunshine, too - but of course more slowly.
and i tried.
(this post is primarily for my own reference - so you Need not care about every Detail...
but i will forget if i don´t describe it exactly...)
last monday was the last sunny day i could work in the garden,
so here i took one of my michelle ward (green pepper press) stencils, the thistles:
above: the thistles turned out not so crisp (which i like anyway),
because i had not payed Attention and the wind had blown everything to the lawn (for a short time, i suppose)
below: i have the thistles in positive and negative (stencil and mask) form
i just love the pomegranate stencil from balzer design;
the deep pink is pebeo setacolor "oriental red" (looking more burgundy in the jar)
the skull is from Andy skinner,
the stars are part of a carabelle stencil (cut and shared with Ulrike;))
i had a Little green diluted paint left which i soaked up with little (dampened) fabric pieces (pinched with the Hands to form a ball)
the small ones dryed quite quickly (outside), but the bigger blue ones took about three days (inside the house).
they tended to fall apart with time, so i will try it outside (in hot weather) again and maybe take a rubber band to hold it together. maybe thus some more whitish Areas can be produced?
the look has a bit of an irregular shibori technique.
on tuesday (a rain period with less than 15°C started...) i thought:
i will try the process inside
and: i might also use my old leftover silk paints (20+ years old) and try if i get good results...
they are more fluid than the (expensive) pebeo setacolor, which i could save for dabbing (as they are less fluid)
i put the next pieces on the window sill in the kitchen
and let them dry over night (so you see: no sun is needed...)
the result was fine,
and i even liked the moons with the light halo around them better than the crisp ones of last week.
i had taken a very washed out bed sheet from my grandma-in-law (with some damask-like pattern)
meanwhile i had experienced that it was only a question of Patience: you can Substitute the sun/heat for time.
best is to leave the Piece laying unattended for half a day anywhere in the house.
the stencil has to lay really flat on the paint-soaked fabric.
here i took two Colors (blue and a light Brown) to blend into each other.
the stencil on the left is from carabelle, the Chevron pattern from Donna downey.
next step: i have a lot of plastic stencils ... but what if i use cardbord dye cuts instead?
increases the choice of motifs significantly...
i think the Windrose turned out fine...
(not very crisp - but that has its own charm)
on my next Trial i used cardboard/paper dye cuts, which were laminated on one side.
that should be good for spray painting, but here you see they tend to roll themselves up with drying time (by some reason the left one faster than the right part). i think i won´t go on with this variation very much...
(but i could try cut outs which are laminated on both sides)
here a stencil from dina wakley (left) and the spiral is from Andy skinner.
...then no time for further experiments on the Weekend...
summary so far:
- dampen the fabric, then paint it with diluted fabric paint: you can use any transparent fabric paint, silk paints are also fine
- always work with a foil/ plastic tablecloth underneath the painted fabric
- to create a crisp pattern the stencil must lay on the fabric really flat (you can use natural objects, too... leaves e.g., but it should be more complicated to lay them flat (maybe press them for a day before?)
- to make them washable: iron them
and finally i found a perfect summer drink:
tea-bags to put into cold water and make a Kind of ice tea without calories (well, artificial flavours and stevia involved, but i am bored with only blank water all the time... so i think this will increase my consumption of liquids, which should be good)
and summer is supposed to come this week...