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Screenprinting with Natural Dyes

When I had my great fabric decorating spree in January, some of my favourite pieces are those I screenprinted with Gocco screens.  I used natural dye extracts mixed with gum tragacanth as a print paste/binder.

Continuing the series on mud and footprints, I made a screen of these bird prints.  I actually made a tiny stamp from an eraser, printed the back of an envelope with it, and scanned it into the computer.  I then made it bigger and made it into a screen. 

screenprinted fabric, bird prints

A close up:

close up of bird print fabric

I then stuck torn masking tape over an empty screen and printed over the bird prints:

bird prints and mud fabric

bird print and mud fabric

I’ll be interested to see how these turn out when I wash them.  I have to leave them for a few months to batch.  The longer the better, really.  And I don’t plan to use them for a while so they might as well sit there….

This fabric below was printed first with torn corrugated cardboard, then printed with a couple of screens made of brick patterns.

screenprinted fabric with natural dyes

And this one is a screen of a tree, made from a photograph I took on one of my walks:

tree fabric

I printed the same screen with colours getting gradually darker.  I also printed some fabric using the same screen and another screen of a letter.

If you read this in Google Reader or another feed reader, you probably won’t notice that I’ve changed the blog ‘theme’.   I changed to this one because it is very easy to alter the way the page looks and I want to try and incorporate my website into the blog so it all looks the same and I think I can do it with this one without messing too much with the code.  But if you find anything’s not working for you in your particular browser, do let me know and I’ll try and change it.  The header, by the way, is rotating, which means you might see a different picture up there each time you come to the blog!  Fun, eh?!!

Before I finish this post, Judy Nolan from the Etsy Boomers Street Team, of which I’m a member, has written a great blog post about the way different people get ideas for their work and capture them.  She got lots of us to tell her what we all do and how we all go about things!  I think it’s definitely worth reading.  You can find it on the Boomers’ blog here.

A little book

I meant to blog about this little book I made with my Bind it All just before Christmas.   I even found a title for it in the Drafts folder of Windows Live Writer!   I had a little scrap of the wire spiral binding to use up and just felt like playing, because I haven’t used it much since I bought it and I think a lot of this is because I have to look up the instructions every time I want to make one and it just takes too much time….  Unfortunately I couldn’t work out how to just punch the middle with three holes so it has a couple of empty holes top and bottom.  I suppose I could use these to advantage by threading some decorative yarn or beads through them…  The book is about 3 inches square.

little book made with Bind it All

The covers are made using painted matboard which has been textured with tissue paper.   I made this when I was working through  Mary Todd Beam’s book, Celebrate your creative self.  

book1

I filled it with random decorated pages – this is some painted Japanese newspaper that the Gocco machines are packed with and, I think, some patterned paper randomly stencilled with some sequin waste.

little book with gocco printed page

This page has been Gocco printed with my medieval woodcut screen.

gocco printed pages in little book

This one has an angel stamp and a sort of partial repeated print of the Newport streets gocco screen.  An abstract, arty and definitely unrepeatable print!

Great news for Print Gocco owners!

Great news for all Print Gocco owners!

Guenther Panenka of Patchworkshop.de in Germany is working on producing a reasonably priced bulb-free exposure unit for the Print Gocco and apparently basic tests have been successful! He is also intending to produce plastic frames which will fit in the machines and hold the thermofax screen mesh which you can buy by the metre. So if you have a Gocco, hang on to it!!!

I will keep you posted!!! Meanwhile I still have some Gocco machines for sale on my Print Gocco machines sales page.

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