Sunday, 26 April 2015

Spray dyeing with the Fibrecircle group

paper stencil
These posts are a bit out of order here, as I actually did this before  my playday with Claire. It also wasn't dyeing - we were using Dala Sun Colors, which seem to fall somewhere between fabric paints and dyes. But the principle was the same.

You can read all about it on the Fibrecircle blog. Suffice it to say it was the same technique as with Claire, but I focused mostly on my paper stencils, which I had coated with Gesso to give them some heft. They were (surprise surprise!) trees. They were also experiments for the untethered piece, as I think I will probably use this technique using coated paper as stencils.
paper stencil positive and negative
This was printed over one of the thickened dye prints I did with Maz a few weeks ago. The left one is just a straight stencil; the right, rather messy one is a negative, then a positive over the top.

More weird looking trees...

This one is a print with the stencil turned over and printed from immediately. The media is really a bit wet for that. Of course, if I'd been really on the ball, I would have sprayed a different colour through the stencil while it was face down! Another good idea I had too late...

This one is a glue gun stencil - not very successful as it's small, which made it very floppy and hard to use.

This is my favourite from the day - done with a commercial stencil.
I always like layers!

Plenty of things to put in my tree book, anyway, even if God wouldn't recognise them as belonging to the plant world! And I found the gessoed paper stencils were robust enough for about seven or eight prints with this very wet media before starting to get a bit soggy, so I should be able to print my fewer prints for untethered with less runny media. Big win!


Jennifer said...

Definitely an interesting forest!

pamrquilt said...

I saw a post somewhere which suggested putting Perspex on top of the glue gun stencil and pressing down on it firmly. This flattens it out and makes it a bit broader. I haven't tried it yet but it's on my to do list. But perhaps you do that already!

Nola Archer said...

Claire tried that on our play day, Pam, but it didn't seem to make a lot of difference. I guess if the stencil comes out a bit curled, it might help to flatten it but ours came out pretty flat.

Interesting is the word, Jennie! Fortunately I wasn't going for representational!