Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Screening with the Fiber Junkies pt. 2

To continue with our Fiber Junkies adventures in screening, here are some of the very interesting and pretty results. Besides making our own screen, we had access to Val's personal collection of screens. I've never seen so many in one place. It was like being a little kid in a candy shop - given free reign for the day! This piece started with multi-colored hand dyed fabric and was printed using one of Vals screens. The color movement in the fabric shows through.
Mary Stori used a wonderful piece of felt. She was experimenting to find some interesting backgrounds for her beading. She wanted to use a screen all the way down this long piece of felt. To prevent smearing of the already printed area, a small paper towel was laid on top of that area and the screen placed a little further down to do the next section.
This is one of Val's screens. Val used "reinforcements" as a pattern to burn on the screen - think it's pretty unique.
Multi colors on felt.

Carol used more than one color on the screen at the same time. This is a fun thing to do as the colors merge or meander and you're never quite sure of what it will look like.
This is one of Val's screens done on top of a batik.
I really like this next print except too much paint was applied or too many swipes with the squeegee so the lines lost their "crispness" but sometimes that can be a good thing!

You do not have to wash the screen if you're using it again right away. Once done though, it's important to get the paint off the screen quickly. A screen can be ruined if paint dries and clogs the open areas. It was such a hot day, the screens dried quickly.
Back inside the garage, some double printing going on. This is when you screen an image, let it dry and using a different image, screen on top of the first image - lots of good dimension.
This next piece is done on paper using the screen Carol made and one of Vals' screens. The light gray design was done by Val who created her own batik fabric then copied it in black and white to make into a screen - great texture.

This next design was one of Val's screens. She made by doing a drawing. Val recommended the book "Keys to Drawing" as a great book for teaching yourself.

Patsy Thompson did these wonderful butterflies. Patsy uses a lot of nature related things in her quilts.
And this is a piece that hangs in Vals house that she created! Wonderful!
As I write this, I have the chance to revisit each person in the group, to see how they work and interpret ideas, the creative potential they personally see. I'm overwhelmed at the talent and feel incredibly lucky to be part of this amazing group of women!

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