30 September 2019

Interfacing stencil workshop

This is my last workshop this year. As I mentioned before, this is my last year offering workshops which in some ways is sad but will free me to pursue my painting and some mixed media work.

I had 2 experienced participants and two newbies to silk screening. They were champs which was great because it could have gone the other way!!!!

a interfacing stencil on the silk screen

I love the directionality of the print on the left

First round with first stencil

Starting the second round after lunch

These are hard to see wet but there are fish and waves. Very effective. This was drying on hot asphalt before the final step.

She wanted to eliminate a lot of the white

Interesting marks

More interesting marks

Again, white areas filled in after drying the stencil  prints

Table covers. These two tables had 4' X 8' cotton covers. All of the work students and myself did left dye and wax from batik on the covers. At the end of the day when everyone went home, I took all of the left over thickened dye and applied it to the covers. I left them over night only because it started to rain and rained all night. Next day I hung them on the line to dry. Crumbed off as much wax as possible and ironed off "most" of the wax. Then into the washer and dryer and on to the ironing board.

Good night wet studio

Goodnight Art Greenhouse

 Thank you for 11 years of fun and fellowship.

26 September 2019

Prepping for my last workshop

I didn't need to do this because I forgot how the technique went but rather because I was unsure which interfacing product was the best to use. One was a total fail from the first pull but the other worked well. Fortunately that was the product I bought a lot of this past week.

Starting with a blank silk screen

Prepping the interfacing

Attached to screen

Ready, set, go!!!


23 September 2019

The last Maine Event day 3

The last day was forecast to be overcast and cool and the breeze helped dry the pre-soaked silk charmeuse and dupioni I provided each person. This last day was dedicated to working with dye wax and thickened dyes.

Wax dyes on griddle

Only a few pieces of the steamed pieces below but I was "promised" photos of the washed out work so stay tuned. I LOVE, love, love this technique and will do more myself. I love the dye wax on silk and especially on linen. Below is cotton.

THIS is linen. LOOK at those marks.


Back side of fabric.

My finished pieces






and lastly, this was done on loosely woven wool