|Susan's final "industrial" fabric.|
I finally finished my contribution to The Printed Fabric Bee's Industrial Collection. It was due to Queen Bee, Susan Purney Mark, three weeks ago. But, as sometimes happens, life and vacation intervened.
From the beginning, this was a bit of a challenge for me. First, it was the color scheme...neutrals. I have to admit, I'm sort of a color junky. I often admire artists that have the ability to work with neutrals. So very subtle...where one tends to pay more attention to marks and texture. Often subdued color artworks can appear to be more sophisticated. Then there was the theme...industrial. I admit that I don't get that inspired by all things industrial. Fortunately, Susan had a very loose interpretation of the theme. She was more interested in old industrial...rust, peeling paint, etc.
I decided to start off by monoprinting a piece of white cotton. I painted layers of transparent fabric paint on plastic film and then laid the fabric on top to pick up the paint.
To get the look of cracked and distressed paint, I covered the monoprinted fabric with a layer of wheat flour paste resist. While it was still wet, I drew designs in the flour paste. When it dried completely, I crackled it.
|Manipulating the dried resist to form cracks.|
Next I painted over the dried resist. The paint reached the fabric through the cracks and lines in the resist.
|Painting over the dried resist.|
After setting the fabric and removing the resist, the next layer of paint was applied with brayer rubbings. I slipped a hot glue block and a piece of wire screening under the fabric and rolled over these textures with a paint-covered brayer.
|Flat textures to slip under the fabric for brayer rubbings.|
Finally, I carved gear designs in Speedball Speedy Carve blocks and printed over all the other layers.
|Carved "gear" blocks.|
I'm quite happy with the result. Hope Susan and collection winner, Gabriele enjoy using this fabric.
|Six inch fabric square that didn't make it into the collection below. But now done and off in the mail to the winner!!|