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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Deconstructed Screen Printing

I made three screens last week for printing using stencils to create the pattern(s).

And this past Sunday it was such a beautiful day I took advantage of the weather and printed!!  The pieces batched in the hot sun (we had 90 degree weather on Sunday!) so they should be baked pretty good.  I'll wash them out later this week and post pics of the fabric all washed and ironed...until then....

I printed this in Florida 

Wait until you see how many 'pulls' I got from this one screen!!!

These were the first photo shows how it looked after I printed over it again

I like this!

This was a deconstructed screen print I did in Florida...not great color

I used the same screen and look how great it turned out!

This was a Solar Fast piece I did in Florida

Yep...I'm still using that screen!!!  That was 15 pulls!!!!

One of my favorites!  This makes 16 pulls!

Another piece I used Solar Fast on while playing in Florida

A second screen I made...

This really enhanced that piece of fabric!

Still lots of dye left so......

I didn't take a picture of the before fabric.  It was a combo of solar fast printing and stencils

This was an old rust dyed piece I had

Rust was cool but kinda boring!

This was using the 3rd screen I this one can see some of the rust color

Still lots of dye left!  So I had to use it up!  HA

I am happy with each far!!!

I actually remembered to batch them!  One step I forgot while doing this in Florida!  HA

Screens all clean!  Then it was wine time!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Graduation Time Again!

This time the graduation was for Amber!  We are so proud of her and all she has accomplished.
 Amber graduated Cum proud of her!

 It was quite a long commencement ceremony with the speakers, music and handing out diplomas to 371 seniors!

Proud Mom!

And proud dad!!

Just another milestone in Amber's future!  So glad we are still around to be part of it!  Love that girl! 
 Bob, Amber and I
 Darrin (my baby!  HA), Amber, Kris (DIL) and Nick
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 Auntie Dawn and Amber (Jeff was out of town working...sniff, sniff)
 Kris' dad (Mike) and her mom (Nancy)...nice folks!
 Amber's cousin, Katie, drove 4 hours from Ohio to be at the commencement!  So nice of her.  Katie used to stay at the house and watch the kids during the summer.  We would all have a grandma Robbie day each Wednesday!  Had some great times!

 It was a great many memories...

Thursday, May 24, 2018

String Art (with video's!)

I  got to play on Wednesday making some more string art on fabric.   Just a beautiful day after walking the girls and weeding the front landscape...I played!

First off, I pin my fabric to a padded surface  (foam board/batting/plastic...that's for another post if requested!).  HA  The fabric needs to be stable and not sliding all over.  I also found that using the small T pins work great.  Just remember to pin with the sharp end going towards the middle of your fabric.  It keeps the pins from pulling away when you are doing any type of stamping, screen printing, etc.  You may be able to see how I pinned the fabric in the video(s).

I also found a watery paint/dye (e.g. Dynaflow, Tsukienko inks) don't work well with this type of printing.  I used Luminere and Neopaque fabric paints for these examples .  Most paints are already the  consistency you need, which is syrup like.  If your paint is too thick, use Textile Medium and a little water. 
I poured my paint into a carry out lid and then just dipped a light weight string into the paint.  You can also add different color paints and spread throughout the string.

Let's be honest folks, I'm not a videographer, hence, the video's are what they are!  Hopefully,  you'll get a clue what to do or, if not, you'll find some things you shouldn't do!  Either we go! 

Here is the first video for pulling the string through the fabric. 

The next video shows pulling more string multiple times

Some results....

I numbered each of these 'pulls' (e.g. 1, 2, 3)...not sure why now!  But I had a good reason when I did it!  HA

And the last video I really covered the fabric pulling painted string through multiple times.  Just having too much fun!  I love the results on this piece. 

I think you'll see in the video how I started off placing the string in a circle, in the middle...then I started to pull more paint through the piece.

And the final piece...I think I pulled string through at least 6-8 times or more.  Yes, you need to dip your string with each pull in the paint.   Just in case you didn't notice that!

My Jason Pollock piece!  

This is a fun technique and I can see using this last piece (or even some of the others) in a art quilt!   And if you are into painting on canvas or in your journals,  just go to and type in 'string pulling art' in the search area.  You'll see some really cool ways to create beautiful designs using canvas or paper for your background piece vs fabric.  I haven't found a 'fabric pull' other than the FB post but they placed fabric on top of fabric to do the pull...that works too.  Try them all!!!

Monday, May 21, 2018

A new technique for string art!

Well, this technique of string art is new to me!

 About a week ago, a video was posted several times (I first saw it from bud, Bonnie from Michigan) on FaceBook!  It's 'Art with Liquid Ink' by Nha Hay.  I just went through her posts and she's quite creative!  Now to this latest technique! 

I dipped a heavy cord in ProFab concentrate

Too  much ink on the cord

Once you lay the string on your paper you close the book and hold the page and pull the string/cord out!

For some reason, turning pics in photo program isn't working...this is a journal I keep my stamp printing in.  Is this cool! 

I kept using the same cord without dipping back in ProFab

This time I used a string  on fabric I had fold, laid left fold side on top and pulled the string through.

I did lay a book on top for pressure but I didn't hold hard enough.  Hence, next pic shows very faded design.

Again, using string but this time I did apply more pressure using a book on top of folded fabric and pulled string through

I love the results!

I used string again, rather than cord, and Tsukineko inks to dip string in and same method....

It's really a matter of the pressure you use.  Again, this is on fabric, muslin.

You can see how faded the marks are in the background so I laid the string on again and pulled through.

Yep, this was a third be honest, I think I re inked the string!  Can't remember but I like the results!

I like the faded design in the back.

Pretty cool, right!

Probably my favorite on to think of a project to use these on or else a project to start from the get go!!!