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Black fabric discharged

Here are a few pics of the black fabric I discharged.

black fabric discharged with screenprinting

When I did the soy wax resist printing in the autumn, I used some to make an interfacing stencil from the instructions in Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan’s book.  For this one, I just dribbed the soy wax on from a tjanting tool.  I didn’t get round to doing any printing with dyes from them so I used this one with the discharge paste.  I really like the effect.   Not sure where this fabric is going next (what’s new?) but it makes some great marks, doesn’t it?

For the next two, I had taken photos, the first of the sun shining on the river and the new bridge in Newport, and I decided to try transferring what was in my mind on to the fabric.  I made a rough sketch and then just played about with masking tape and a few stencils and this was the result:

discharged fabric - view of Newport river

The other photo was of street lamps shining on a night time street, so I did the same sort of thing.  This is a detail of it:

night time scene

This is the whole thing; not sure where it’s going next…

night time scene using black fabric and discharge paste

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Discharging fabric

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Last week I spent several hours discharging some of the fabric that I printed in the autumn as well as some ugly fabric which was languishing on my shelves from previous screenprinting attempts.  I also discharged some black fabric.  I used formosol with print paste.   The smell is still hanging around my studio, even though I did the actual discharging outside wearing a respirator.

Here are a couple of them, showing the progression of colour on and off them.  (I just spent a good while searching for photos of the original fabric on Picasa too – at least this blog can now serve as documentation of their development!).

This  fabric started off as an unprepossessing dyed/printed piece from 2006. This was part of it originally:

 ugly fabric

It sat on my shelves because I didn’t know what on earth to do with it.  So I painted it red this autumn.

ugly red fabric

I wasn’t sure I liked it any more like this.  So I screened it with discharge paste and a thermofax screen I made from a home made rubber stamp design and now I like it a lot better!

red fabric discharged

You can see a little peek of the second fabric on that photo above, which has also been overprinted with the same screen.

Here is how it started:

ugly screenprinted fabric 

This fabric was made from a breakdown printing screen and was one of the pieces made when the screen was breaking down quite a lot and much of the original detail had been lost.  This page shows the original screenprinting session results.


I wanted to unify it all and didn’t particularly like the original fabric so I overprinted it with the ‘squares’ screen in black.  Here it is on my table just after being printed.

printed and discharged fabric

As well as printing with black, I decided to give it some depth by discharging areas using the same screen.  So here it is now – I think it looks much better.  Not sure where both of these pieces are going next but I hope it doesn’t take another 5 years to decide!!

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Latest Screenprinting

Here are some more of the fabrics I’ve been adding colour to.  Haven’t taken any out yet, that’s waiting for a nice dry day for good ventilation and a bit of spare time to do it!

screenprinted fabric

I love this screen.  Not sure if this is going to be horizontal or vertical yet.  I printed it a very pale grey first and this is the second layer.


This is the same screen using different colours. 

green screenprinted fabric 

This fabric is the one I printed with the very dense diagonal lines in green (the more yellowy green sections).  I used soy wax as a resist and screened using a thermofax screen over the rest in turquoise. 

screenprinted and soy wax resist

This is the reverse, which is quite good too!

blue screenprinted fabric overprinted

This is the blue fabric I started and posted a few weeks ago.  Again I used soy wax as a resist to keep the blue and screened using the larger screen of the same design in a browny-orange colour. 


For the top part of this one I ran the linen yarn (from the previous post) between lines of pins across the fabric and then screened with a blank screen (I got this from Leslie Morgan and Claire Benn’s book, Screenprinting).  I’m referring to it a lot, as well as their Thermofax Printing book.  The two side pieces were prints taken from the middle one as it was a bit gloopy. 

screenprinted fabric

I screened this one with a blank screen on to crumpled fabric, uncrumpled it and screened some more.  That was another from the Screenprinting book.

More later!

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Today’s screenprinting adventures

dyed fabric hanging on washing line

I’ve got a bit behind with talking about my screenprinting here – I’ve taken photos but just been getting on with it instead of documenting it!  These are a few different shaped pieces drying on the line.  I used these as test pieces, play pieces really.  I bought several bundles of small pieces of fabric from Empress Mills at the Knitting and Stitching Show a week ago (well, actually 4 kilos of Egyptian cotton fabric pieces for £5 which I thought was pretty good until I had been carrying it around for a couple of hours!  I didn’t really register that 4 kilos weighs a lot.. well, 4 kilos!).  I wanted to check that I had scoured them enough because it is sheeting fabric.  The black dye here had also been made about 5 weeks ago and I wanted to check it was still viable.

mark making fabric

I have been making a lot of thin lines with my parallel pens and I like the effect they make.

blurry writing fabric 

I painted this first of all with very dilute yellow-brown dye and then ‘wrote’ with it, an actual sort of diary entry  whatever came into my head.  It is purposely blurry and illegible.  I just wanted to get the effect of writing, of the marks made by writing.

strips of line fabric

These long thin strips were some of the fabric bits from Empress Mills.   They took the dye well too, and as you can see, the black dye doesn’t seem to have lost much, if any, of its potency yet.  I’m glad about that because I hate throwing anything out! 

autumn leaves colours printed with abstract thermofax screen

This is what I did today.  It’s a thermofax screen made from one of the pages of mark making with my parallel pens.  I really like the effect.  I printed the yellow dye first, then waited until it was dry enough not to bleed when the red-brown dye was screened, did the same with that and then with the darker brown.  Now it is batching.

red/purple fabric  

This is some fabric I painted with the same screen, but with this one I deliberately kept printing while the dye was wet so it all blurred into each other.  I think this will be a very useful screen.  I’ve also printed one piece with just very light grey which I’m going to overprint.  I think I’ll discharge this one next.

leaf fabric

And this is a detail of the fabric printed with the ‘leaf’ screen (the one I photographed with its shadow a few posts back).  I really like this and can see me using it a lot too.  Not sure yet where this fabric is going next.  I printed it in a few different colours and values between red and black and then I painted in some of the white areas with a very pale grey-blue colour.

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