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From spoiled to productive

OK, my sister spoils me at Christmas every year, and I’m so thankful. Last year she gave me a check to use towards the dye painting class I took at Pro Chem. This year I am going to skip going to a class and start saving for 2015, and my sister got me a load of surface design books – Dyes & Paints by Elin Noble, Screen Printing by Benn & Morgan, Finding Your Own Visual Language by Dunnewold, Benn & Morgan and Color by Design by Ann Johnston. And my niece gave me a gift certificate to Dharma Trading , so I can add to that list of books, or buy garments to dye/discharge/do design work on. Decisions, decisions.

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So I have been working on some of the exercises from ‘Visual Language’ and have created a hand-painted stencil  to use with a silk screen. Here’s a picture of the first three prints I pulled through it.

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And this is a detail of the first print I pulled, showing the moiré effect created by printing through two layers of sheer cloth. That alone is an exciting discovery, I think.

6 thoughts on “From spoiled to productive

  1. It's absolutely wonderful…so interesting…think you'll find lots of ways to use it.

  2. Wow, Lisa. This is a knockout. Best thing I have seen all winter. Thank you!

  3. Oh Lisa, that screen print is WONDERFUL!! I have no idea how you created the design. The print offers SO many layering possibilities.
    And your Christmas presents are GREAT! Here’s to a fun and creative New Year!
    ~ Christina in Cleveland

  4. Ladies – thank you so much! I was really wowed by the Benn & Morgan Screen printing book. Well worth reading, buying, and getting as a gift.

  5. Gorgeous! I'm hoping to dye some fabrics and play with some stencils and paints this winter…GREAT tip about screening through the two layers of sheers!

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