Then I printed, using purple, thickened dye on several solid colors of fabric. This is my screen printing setup on the patio table.
This red one shows pretty clearly areas that were flooded with too much dye and areas that did not get enough dye.
This last one shows that the glue resist is beginning to break down. It happened very fast, from one print to the next there was a big change. When I washed the screen the glue washed out with the dye. I was pretty obvious that it had reached its breakdown point.
My results were not stellar, but were instructive. My conclusions:
- I lost a lot of detail because either the lines I made were too fine for this technique, or the print paste/dye was too thin. It was probably a combination of the the two. The dye simply filled in a lot of the fine lines.
- I don't think I care a lot for this technique because it is one that has you printing the negative (background) space. Lots of room for unevenness and globbiness with so much dye going through the screen. I think I prefer a stencil method that allows you to block the background and print the positive design.
- I think I have some usable fabrics, but they will be cut up and probably further painted or printed. It will be fun to see what I can do with them from here.
By the way, Rayna's book is terrific. I will be continuing my independent study and trying more of her techniques.