Thursday, May 14, 2015

Leaf II

This is part of an ongoing series I started with deconstructive screenprinted fabric from a while back. I do have a "leaf I" posted some time ago and finally got round to finishing the blue version. 
 The leaf is created from the deconstructive screen printing technique using blue and green dyes. I thought it needed more depth; using a silk screen, I screened lettering using discharge paste over the leaf to add more interest to the top. It still needed more and was small enough to run through my ink jet printer. I printed the tree branches coming in from the side. I adjusted the print opacity of the branches so they wouldn't be so strong.
 Still needing more, I used the same lettering, this time with a dark color paint to show up more prominently on the blue band that will go beneath.
 Those of you who know me know I live by the philosophy of there's no such thing as too many trees, so here we go again - more trees from a screen of a photo I took along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
 Painted organza binding, free motioned quilted and mounted on a pre-stretched canvas...
and the finished piece...."Leaf II". I will have to get busy gathering more things on my morning walk to do more of these type pieces. I like the results even though the prints themselves can be so challenging at times.


  1. It's very interesting reading about your process. I'd never heard of de-constructive screen printing before; that needs a Google search. I am amazed by the number of different techniques you used in this piece.

    1. Kerr Grabowski is the lady to look up regarding deconstructive screen printing...she is a master, I took her week long workshop - a great teacher and lovely lady

  2. Beautiful work! I have been intrigued by screen printing along with mixed media for many years. I think I need time to go back through your archives and do some serious reading. Thanks for sharing.

    Julie @ Pink Doxies

  3. I love the way you keep layering until you get what you want. This is a really successful, atmospheric piece

  4. Judy,
    I love seeing the progress on this one. Never too many trees.

  5. This is interesting. Beautiful results.

  6. Such beautiful colours, Judy, and I love the way you keep adding different elements until you arrive where you want to be. Trees and leaves are the best.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv