I wasn’t feeling very inspired when my weekly day at Morley College came round on Tuesday.
The building/decorating work is still dragging on at home (I’m being deafened by the man sanding the floors as I write this) and the lack of space, combined with the dust and dirt, means that I haven’t been able to make any stock for the all-important Christmas markets.
So I didn’t really have an aim in mind on Tuesday, and decided just to play around with some more deconstructed screenprinting.
I picked a few geranium leaves from the flowerbed in front of the building (don’t tell the Morley gardeners!) and arranged them under the screen. Mark had mixed a couple more colours – yellow and black – in a thicker consistency, so I put some yellow in the centre of the leaves and then pulled the rust colour across the whole screen.
Then I added a vague outline of the leaves in black, using a syringe, but didn’t pull it, and left it to dry.
Because previous first pulls with Manutex had not been very good, I decided to do the first pull on paper.
The black and yellow dyes, perhaps because they were thicker, seemed to block the Manutex in places, as you can see. However, it came out much better than expected, so I wish I had used fabric straight away!
The second and third pulls were on calico – you can still see the areas blocked by the black and yellow dyes.
Obviously I should have added more Manutex to the screen for the third pull!
The final pull was on a piece of paper that had been under the leaves when I added dye to the screen, which had the blank outline of the leaves against a rusty background. The overprinting on this worked quite well.
I was very pleased with these results and felt a lot more inspired by home time. Textile therapy had worked again! 🙂