Three Colour Success

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The last attempt at a 2 colour print proved to be quite a drama as I didn’t pre-wash the fabric. This meant that when I came to the second print the whole design had shrunk by 0.5cm causing all manner of problems and swear words. The problem with teaching yourself a technique is you only ever learn by mistakes. Everything I do at the moment is an experiment and i’m still trying to work out what direction to take my designs, i’m exploring different styles at moment and hopefully I’ll make a decision soon. In the meantime i’m having fun exploring and learning.

I decided to start from scratch with a new design and a slightly new printing technique, scanning paper shapes I’d cut out with some weird, photocopied textures from my Uni days. I really miss the aesthetic effects of photocopying images. It’s still a dream of mine to own one.

I pre- washed the fabric this time and cut the fabric lengths slightly shorter. I’m thrilled to say it was a great success. In fact, I nearly shed a tear when the third colour went down; it’s the best feeling when everything works, especially when you’ve spent so long preparing. It’s hard to explain how wonderful it feels to put a design onto fabric.

I’m now in the process of making them into cushions.

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Practice Makes Perfect

Here are the results of the third printing session. This time lots of things went wrong. I’m finding it impossible to line up my prints accurately and am still having issues with getting a clean image.

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I attempted to print white onto some lovely Japanese cotton bought on Ebay but I don’t think I put enough white ink in the base. The only successful piece was the  blue twig design which worked really well. Before I print again I’m going to have to do a bit of research on textile techniques. So far Squeegee and Ink have been really helpful and have been sending me some YouTube videos. If anyone has tips or advice for me it would be very much appreciated.

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I am getting closer to making tote bags. Here is a mock up made with some black webbing. I love this look and just need find somewhere that does large amounts of the stuff.

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