Sunday, October 26, 2014

Printing Class at Artistic Artifacts

We've missed a couple of days of posting because yesterday was spent teaching Thermofax printing at Artistic Artifacts, and Friday was spent preparing/packing supplies.  Even though the shop is local, we provide most of the supplies needed; it is a "wet" technique so there is a bunch of stuff to transport, which takes time away from other things.  We had a lively group of 7 creative women who were new to this printing technique and did a fabulous job!  Some printed exclusively on fabric, a few tried paper, and a couple brought along some t-shirts or sweatshirts for printing.  So they really "ran" with what they learned.  It was a great day.

Here are a few of their printed pieces.

Some worked on fabric that already had other surface design techniques, such as gelatin plate printing - a perfect background.  One student used a discharge product (colorless DeColourant) with a screen on a t-shirt to remove color, which leaves the fabric with a softer hand than printing with paint.  When the product is applied, it appears wet; after drying, heat is applied with an iron which completes the discharge process and color removal - the longer you apply heat with an iron, the more color change you get.  Didn't she do a great job?

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