Assignment 2 Project 5 Stages 2 and 3

Stage 2 is to select at least 4 design ideas that could be translated onto fabric, with stage 3 being actually experimenting with small samples of these design ideas using different printing methods.

This is the petals design from my Poinsianna flower drawing.  I prepared a stencil and then used Shiva paintstiks on silk dupion fabric.

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Circles produced from stamps cut out from a computer mouse mat, with acrylic paint on a homespun fabric. I like the basic simplicity of this design with just the one shape repeated in different sizes and colours.

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Airbrushed background with hand painted bench and stool legs.  This has great impact with the contrasting colours and the stark, blocky lines.

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The next three were also based on the Poinsianna drawing.  I cut out a stencil to get the basic shapes and applied a base colour for the first two samples then handpainted on the second colour.

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For the third sample, I used the negative cut outs from creating the stencil, positioned these on the fabric and sponged over with white paint. Then I moved the flowers to new positions and sponged with purple paint.  Finally I moved the flowers again, this time putting some directly on top of the previous shapes to protect the underlying colour.  I lightly sponged this layer with silver paint.  I like the colours of this piece and also the depth given by the different layers.

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I cut a lino block following my leaf design.  I applied this first of all to a couple of backgrounds that I had airbrushed.  I used a brayer to apply the paint to the lino but only managed to get faint imprints.

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I changed to applying paint with a sponge roller and got much better coverage as shown in this print on a mottled black fabric that I dyed some time ago.

Although this method made some of the lines in the cut out areas show, I actually like the softening effect and decided not to cut them away any more.  The gold paint showed up much more strongly on the black background.

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My other leaf design I applied in a number of ways. First a screen print onto linen.  The stencil has a “floating” section which had to be carefully positioned and secured onto the screen.

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The same stencil was used on silk fabric but this time I sponged the paint instead of screen printing it, using purple for a base and then a copper on top to come up with an autumnal feel.

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The print below used the negative cut away area from the stencil and I airbrushed over this onto silk fabric.

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Back to screen printing, I printed the leaf design multiple times onto a black t-shirt using Decolourant Plus.  As I used different colours of the decolourant and the shapes overlapped I had to allow drying time inbetween.  This has produced a very subtle range of shades.

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