Friday, August 19, 2016

Mono printing feathers

There is a process I read about ages ago, maybe in Quilting Arts, that I've always wanted to try. It's a monoprinting method.

I started with my design drawn onto tracing paper which is tacked up on the window and overlaid with freezer paper, paper side out.

Using a pencil I then traced the design onto the paper side of the freezer paper. Note that the end product will be reversed unless it is reversed at this point.

I then ironed the waxed side of the freezer paper onto a piece of white cotton fabric.

Using a brayer I rolled fabric screen printing paint onto glass and lightly laid the fabric with the freezer paper design on top, fabric down.

With a pen and being careful not to lay my hand or arm down, I traced the design.

Here is the resulting print on fabric along with a ghost print that I pulled afterwards.

During my convalescence over the next few weeks, I'll have lots of ways to imagine using this piece and how I might produce more with variations. For instance, I'm already thinking I'd like a finer black line. One could start with a painted or dyed fabric or as I plan to do add color later. I have a project percolating. Colors will come as I proceed.
I'm already thinking some sketcherly flowers would be lovely using this method. My body may be slowing but my mind never quits! It is always a nice distraction for me during all my procedures and pains. Thank goodness for my art and it's healing power.
 
 
 

 

3 comments:

Robbie said...

Very clever! Like this technique! Similar process Kemshall's use when Laura draws with a pointed skewer then lays fabric on top for a monoprint. I can't draw feathers so your process is perfect. Thanks for showing us!

Jo Ferguson said...

It's lovely. Thanks for the walk through of the technique.

elle said...

yes, a great technique!!!