Sunday, March 18, 2012
Cat Mola: Printing the Block
The cat mola block is carved--time to print!
I use Pebeo Setacolor Opaque Fabric Paints for printing. Since many molas use a deep red fabric as part of their designs, I decided to mix up a red combining Sienna Brown and Cherry Red.
After mixing the paint thoroughly, I put a small amount onto the glass palette and roll it out with my Roll-Rite foam brayer until it is evenly coated with the paint.
I then roll an even coat of paint on the block.
The block is turned over onto the fabric and pressed to release the paint.
I did some test prints on muslin to see how the block looked. The first print is never the best. It usually takes a few prints to get the crispest impression. I like to call it warming up the block.
Here are some prints on other fabrics. I was trying to work out some pattern ideas.
This block is a good start for the Latin American Influences: Textile Inspirations class. Off to work up some more designs.