Yesterday I wanted to play with color other than acrylic or watercolor. I got out my gelatin printing plate and my Speedball Screen Printing Inks and had great fun! Gelatin plates for monoprinting are easy to make and you can click here for directions.
I only purchased 3 colors – primary cyan, magenta, and yellow. I figured I could try them out and mix whatever I needed from there. Having not played in textile inks since college…I forgot how wonderfully buttery they are! Much more slow drying than acrylics, I was able to actually paint a scene and print it before it dried on the plate!
You’ll notice all the fabric is wrinkled. I soaked it in Soda Ash and let it dry, and didn’t iron it. Originally I was going to use this fabric for dye painting. More on that tomorrow : ) In using the textile paints, I didn’t need to soak it first to make the color permanent, but that was the fabric I had laying around. Today I will iron them on the backs to heat set the paints and then I’ll do some stitching and embellishing on them.
Oh how my studio does shrink when I get going!
Happy creating today!