Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Day #8: Fabric Printing at Home Scavenger Hunt


We've made it to Day #8 of the Fabric Printing at Home Scavenger Hunt. Did you get a chance to see yesterday's Texture Prints by Scavenger Hunt participants? I hope so! I encourage more of you to join in on any of the previous Printing Challenges (Circles, Lines and Textures). I will continue to update all of these through Saturday, May 9. Remember...to be eligible to win that lovely selection of books from Quarry (including my book, Fabric Printing at Home!), you need to participate in at least one of the Printing Challenges. So grab some paint and fabric or paper and join in the fun! The newest Printing Challenge is Rubbings...hope to see some of yours on Thursday!

Today is the fourth Guessing Game and Giveaway Challenge. As promised, here is a short "how-to" on Rubbings.

I usually make what I call "Brayer Rubbings" on fabric. I use a dense foam brayer (Testrite), a glass palette (piece of glass with taped edges) and fabric paint (usually opaque). I also have a padded surface covered with plastic for printing.

Slip a flat texture, texture block or objects such as rubber bands under a piece of fabric.



Pour approximately 1/4 teaspoon of fabric paint onto the glass palette and roll the foam brayer over the paint until it is evenly coated.


Roll the paint-covered brayer over the fabric covering the texture.



 Shift the texture to another position under the fabric and continue. Add more paint to the glass palette as needed.



You can also use paint or dye sticks and rub over the area of the fabric or paper covering the texture.



Here are the Rubbings I made...can you guess what I used?









Leave a comment and have a chance to win a set of plastic spreaders. I love using these for spreading paste resists and for screen printing.


Don't forget tomorrow is Reveal Day for your Rubbings!!!

14 comments:

  1. So this raises a process question in my mind ... I have the most beautiful prairie grasses growing on our property and I have wanted to imprint them on cloth, then stitch the imprinted image. This post seems to be the answer. But here's the thing ... I'd like the imprint to wash out and leave just the stitching behind. So what would you suggest I use to achieve that end?

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    1. Hi Liz--I'll have to scratch my head and think about that for a while. I'll let you know if I come up with something!

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  2. I can see elastic band rubbings, thumbtacks, woven placemat, mesh bags, glue gun texture sheet

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    1. Great guesses, Linda...I'll let you know in the morning!

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  3. I love these markings! I can't wait to give it a try!

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    1. I think my fave is the last print...I'll reveal what I used tomorrow.

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  4. My suggestions for today are: potatoes mains, placemats, hot glue on cardboard, Basket Weave, foam rubber stamp, rubber bands, tacks on board.
    Greetings from Karla Körber

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    1. Good guesses Karla...I'll reveal it in the morning!

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  5. My phone cheats. It tells me the titles of your photos.

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    1. Ha...guess I have to stop making it so obvious!

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  6. Having fun! Here are my guesses
    #1 Crumpled nylon mesh
    #2 has me stumped
    #3 Texture plate made of cardboard and glue gun
    #4 Fruit mesh bag
    #5 Strawberry basket
    #6 Rubberbands
    #7 Tacks on cardboard

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    1. Lots of good guesses, Deb...I'll have the answers tomorrow!

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  7. Your scavenger hunt looks like such fun, Julie! I have been away/haven't had any studio time this week but did enjoy looking through all of the fabulous prints made by different shapes just now (I especially love the placemat patterns from this post). Maybe I'll squeeze in a challenge this weekend - I've wanted to try out some of your ideas for ages - but at the very least will be back to see how the "hunt" continues to unfold... Have fun!

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    1. Hi Lisa--I'm determined to get you printing... I'm sure that many of these techniques would be lovely on your papers ;)

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