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Friday, April 10, 2009

Screen Printing - Red Rocks Petroglyphs


I've been sharing my process for this particular piece. I began with white fabric that I painted with Setacolor Paints, followed by block printing.

I'd painted both broadcloth and cheesecloth at the same time by placing the cheesecloth on top of the broadcloth. I attached Mistyfuse to the cheesecloth, then cut it in jagged strips that I fused to the broadcloth.

Above is an image of the entire 3 x 4' piece. The screens are all petroglyph pictures I have taken in my travels. These are all from Painted Desert National Park in Arizona and Valley of Fire in Nevada.

I just love the male and female figures in this particular petroglyph - which is in Arizona.

I used a combination of Speedball Fabric Ink, Setacolor Opaque paint, and Jacquard Lumiere Fabric Paint to achieve the color variation and depth you see in this piece.

I originally thought this might be a single whole cloth piece. I am now thinking it might be better as several smaller pieces, perhaps with a contrasting background and embellishments.

3 comments:

Yvette said...

I have been following your process and it has really turned out to be quite spectacular. I was wondering what you had in mind when you commented earlier that you had a special plan for this piece of fabric.
You must be really pleased with the peice so far.

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tiedyejudy said...

Beautiful work, Cynthia! Can you talk about the process you used to create the screens? Are they thermofax, or handmade? I love that you are actually using the photographic images... I haven't learned how to do that yet.