Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Mono printing Sandra Kendall April 2018

This month our workshop on mono printing was led by Sandra Kendall one of our own members who brought some samples to inspire us. [See below]

Sandra told us that mono print means one print but sometimes you can get a second "ghost print " and this is often the most attractive.
We worked mainly on paper because it is nor an exact science and there can be some waste. However, anything that can be printed on paper can be printed onto material.
The prints can make good backgrounds to embroider into or as a placement for an embroidery  to set it off. They are also useful for sketchbook work.

We used fairly basic materials but the results were good enough for member to decide if they liked the process and take it further with more expensive equipment 
Each member was provided with a laminated sheet to use as the plate and a plastic pocket on which to mix the paint. We used either printing inks or acrylics with extender to prolong the drying time .

The first few exercises were to practice inking the plate with the right amount of paint and practice getting the equipment ready before inking so there was no delay to let the paint dry. We aimed for an orange peel texture with a rasping sound!

After that members tried out various methods systematically -addition, subtraction  using a whole variety of objects including plant material to make marks in the paint building up texture to produce a good print.

There was also opportunity to make a mask, funky foam stamp and a tyvek stencil to use alongside bought stencils and stamps.

 Mono  printing is not for everyone because it can be messy and there is an element of chance in the outcome but if you persevere you can often produce something unique with its own attraction.
Members who took part enjoyed the day and a thank you to Sandra for organizing the workshop.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Birds Janet Browne March Meeting

This month we welcomed Janet Browne with her amazing array of reverse applique birds. Some examples of her birds are below and also include some of her drawings. They are simply stunning.

After looking at the samples members couldn't wait to have a go at making a small bird and not too complicated!
We started by making a very simple bird just to get the order of layering into our heads. The trickiest part was working from the back, layering from the back to the front.
Some of us drew our own and some used Janet's templates and then we started machine stitching.

There was literally a whir of activity as we set about our sample bird.

Some members carried on working on their sample bird adding more detail while others started a second.

It was an inspirational day and we took home our birds to finish off with embroidery and beads and I think many of our members will have a go at making more birds.
Many thanks to Janet for inspiring us and also supporting us through the technique.
One of Janet's many talents is her ability to draw and many of us after seeing her beautiful drawings decided to practice our drawing regularly.

Thank you to Janet for a very good day.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Rust Dyeing Joanna Henson

This month was an experimental session on rust dyeing led by one of our members Joanna Henson. Joanna had been busy out and about collecting larger rusty items that we could use to make interesting marks as well as our smaller items we had brought ourselves.
Joanna suggested several ways of making the marks by either
applying the rust object to the material and applying pressure while flat, or wrapping material around the object and tying tightly. The material needed to be kept moist to encourage rusting.

 We were then given several ways or combinations of ways of activating the rusting process, by using salt water, tea, spray cleaner or vinegar. Nice and messy and great fun!
 Once the objects were wrapped and the rust activated it was a case of waiting from one to several days depending on the colour wanted and the print so they were prepared ready to be taken home for the rusting to continue  working.
Joanna had kindly rust dyed a batch of material at home and it was already washed and ready to stitch into. We were amazed at the range and shades of the marks from pale yellows to dark rich oranges. There were amazing patterns in the rust marks just asking for some stitch and beads.

 Most members stitched by hand but one visitor decided to machine stitch

 Some members decided to use their stitched piece to make a card.

 Members went home with a bowlful of wrapped rusty items, a stitched piece and looking forward with excitement to unwrapping their rusted pieces when they felt the rusting was complete.
Thank you to Joanna for organizing the day and leading us through the process and suggesting ways to us of how we might use the rusted prints.
It was a fun day and we are all looking forward to our results!