my lovely friend Cyndi joined me last night for a handprinted fabric trial. we had both used block printing before, but neither of us had used it to print on fabric. so we carved some birds on a block and just jumped in.
this was the first piece we printed (on cotton canvas)... my original idea was to print the birds and then also print horizontal lines on the fabric that would look like wires the birds are sitting on. after the printing of all the birds, we scrapped that idea and moved on to using the block to form a pattern.
these are the results of the second piece we printed. rotating the block made an interesting pattern with the birds; i especially like the place where the birds come together to kind of form a square.
for the third print, we incorporated three colors (not including the neon orange from print two). here's a little action shot and a pic of the block we used for all of these prints.
we used pebeo setacolor, which seemed to have good reviews from what i've read online. i've used their glass and ceramic paints before and have been happy with them. i do feel like the paint did not adhere evenly to the fabric, but i have no idea if that is a factor of the paint, the fabric, our blocks, the way we applied paint to the blocks.... so many factors ;)
i'm happy with the results of the third fabric. this was printed on a cotton batiste an i like the way it picked up the paint, though it did definitely pick up more of the other areas from the printing block as well. because this fabric is less textured than the canvas, the areas where the paint didn't fully print have a really interesting texture. to me it looks very organic and works with the fact that the print is birds. i'm not sure that i'd like it so much for a geometric print.
still a work in progress, but i'm happy with this as a first effort. have any tips, tricks, or suggestions? please share!