Thursday, May 10, 2012

more fun with stencils

I couldn't wait to get back to the stencils and the discharge paste this morning but unfortunately today's results were less spectacular than Tuesday's. I got the second stencil cut last night and I did fix up the little piece I missed on the first one. Also, I fixed all the little bits that were missing on Tuesday's pieces, so that's good at least.
I had a go with the second stencil but the results are hard to see. Yesterday I was afraid I may have ironed too much before rinsing out the fabric but those ones were good. When I rinsed the ones I stenciled today, the results were rather ghostly as you can see below.
I'm going to try again another day and see if the ironing time was the problem.
 I also wanted to try the stencils with some printing on the Gelli. I'm pretty happy with the results although the color is not showing perfect here. I hope the fold mark will eventually iron out.

The green one was even less color accurate. I always have a hard time to get greens to photograph right. They end up looking too brown.
 
Wanting to get as much use from the stencils as I can, last night I tried my hand at carving a stamp for the first time. I use lots of stamps in my work, but I've always used craft foam which I cut and mount onto Plexiglass. I tried it out with paint to see what parts I need to clean up. Luckily, it doesn't have to be perfect since I'll be stamping on fabric and then stitching over it.
I am itching to do more printing and to get to my sewing machine, but my body is telling me to take a break, and so I will go make some tea and stretch out with a book.

4 comments:

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

I'm really enjoying watching your experiments :).
Stay inspired!

pembrokeshire lass said...

I'm no authority but I really like your work. I like the tuquoise one the bast but they are all lovely! It's great 'sitting in' on your experimenting! Joan

Pauline said...

Awesome:)

Margaret Applin said...

Ohhhhh the inspiration you are providing me with!!! Love your stencil and stamp!!!