A little printing (on fabric this time!)

I put away the Gocco machine on Friday and did some printing on fabric for a change. 

First of all, inspired by Rayna Gillman’s book, Create Your own Hand Printed Cloth, which by the way is gorgeous, I did some printing with the base of some of those plastic meat trays which supermarkets feel it is necessary to send with any meat (don’t get me started on overpackaging, but now I’ve found a way to recycle it I don’t feel so guilty!).  I then overprinted this with a couple of gocco screens. 

I space dyed this fabric in a cat litter tray last year.

printed fabric 

The fabric is not quite so vivid as it seems and the colours are mixed together a bit more but you get the idea.  The background printing was done in red fabric paint from Trapsuutjies.  The gocco print of the people was based on a photo taken at the chateau de Blois last year in France and the other is of a brick wall.

I also overprinted this fabric which I discharged earlier this year:

people printed on fabric

And this blue fabric with the ‘bricks’ screen:

bricks fabric 

I’m also going to join in Maggie Grey’s Grand Catalogue Distressing Ritual.  For the mystified, Maggie has a new book out soon and she is offering free online classes for anyone who buys the book.    To prepare for one of the classes, she asks us to take an Argos catalogue or telephone directory or similar, slash the cover deeply and put it out in the garden to await its fate by any passing wildlife or weather.  Like several other people, I decided to help it along by soaking it first:

Argos catalogue soaking

And ever since Maggie told us to do that, the summer has started!  No rain in sight…. long may it continue.

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8 Responses to A little printing (on fabric this time!)

  1. rayna September 21, 2008 at 11:01 pm #

    Love those gocco prints, Liz! And the fabric, too.
    Just a while ago I discarded the tops of some styrofoam take-out containers and kept the bottoms because they have such a nice patter for stampings and rubbings. Glad to see you’re putting the plastic meat trays to use – I agree, it is ridiculous. I use the ones without patterns as paint palettes. But eventually, they end up in the landfill anyway.

  2. pippa September 21, 2008 at 11:15 pm #

    Liz the fabric is lovely the figures have such a great feeling of depth to them, I agree with you about all the packaging I use the plastic containers to store items in and as palettes

  3. sue b September 21, 2008 at 11:26 pm #

    Liz these fabrics are awesome!

  4. Francoise September 22, 2008 at 7:04 am #

    Love this blue fabric!
    I have to put a catalogue outside too, but it’s Indian summer here.

  5. Janine September 22, 2008 at 11:18 am #

    I always find inspiration from your work and links to other fun stuff on your blog, Liz.

  6. Jean Levert Hood September 23, 2008 at 1:02 pm #

    Wow, Liz! Your talents never cease to amaze me! Beautiful!

  7. jackie September 25, 2008 at 4:31 pm #

    I’m dying to know what you are all going to do with the distressed catalogues.

  8. Tiggy Rawling October 2, 2008 at 7:49 pm #

    Hi Liz, interesting stuff going on here.
    Yet another catalogue awaiting rain! Perhaps this is the new ‘sun dance” we should have been doing in the so called summer. Looking forward to the next stage.

    As for me, I am off on my travels to India in three weeks time (a little bubble of excitement).