Sunday, June 1, 2008

May TIF completed

This month I decided to do some monoprinting. The one thing that I discovered while doing this was that I'm not meant to be a monoprinter , especially in very warm and dry NM. For those not familar with monoprinting, you put paint down want, as many colors as you want, on a piece of glass or plastic. You can draw designs in the paint, just like fingerpainting when we were kids.
Next lay some cloth on top of the paint, then using a brayer smooth the cloth and carefully pick it us. There are extenders you can mix in the paint so that it doesn't dry too quickly. Unfortunately they didn't seem to help me very much.

The first time I did the printing I used about 1/2 yard of muslin and this is what it turned out like.

I was trying to do a design, flowers believe it or not, and this is what I wound up with. Oh well, first try, lets try again.
This was my second attempt to monoprint. As you can see, not much success. The furthest to the left is the first pass, then the next two are the second pass on the same glass. I was hoping I could show more color. Each piece is about a 6 x 8 piece of muslin.
I let these age in the garage for a few days, as we all know many times a little ageing makes things look better. I found after a few days they did look better, not good, but better.
I decided that for now this was the end of my monoprinting experiment. Maybe later I will attempt it again, but for now I've written FINI to this technique.
As far as the May TIF goes, I did say I would experiment with the technique, but thank goodness I didn't make any commitment to making anything with the product. But come to think of it, isn't the June TIF about stash and aren't these pieces of fabric going into my stash? Maybe I could..... guess you just have to wait until next month!