Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Impromptu Screen Printing Session

There are many deadlines looming for me but I had a wild hair to screen print some fabric just for fun. Very impromptu. A way to loosen up.

Recently, I bought some Speedball Screen Printing Ink for fabric from Dharma Trading Company. I grabbed a roll of paper towels because I didn't have any newspaper. Also, I didn't have a clear plan of what I wanted to do. I started tearing the paper towels haphazardly and laying the pieces on the fabric. More than halfway through the process I realized that I should be taking photos so the lighting is a bit off.

Adding the final layer of ink
using paper towel stencil.

This screen has a 11" x 11" opening.

I'm happy with the results of this impromptu screen printing session. I love how the marks look imperfect. Almost dry brush looking.

The total size of this fabric is 31" x 50". 

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Collage #57

Collage #57 was made in a similar way as Collage #56. I painted a loose abstract design on watercolor paper then cut it up in strips once the paint dried. I decided to add yellow paper as the ground then glued the painted strips on top. I like the contrast of the solid yellow strips against the white/chartreuse/deep purple strips. 

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Collage #56

Collage #56 was pretty fun to make. I started by painting an abstract flower on a separate piece of watercolor paper. Once it was dried, I cut the painting into strips that I glued onto the small journal with Yes Paste in a slightly offset layout. I didn't want the viewer to look at the collage and automatically see a flower.  

The collage was made within 30 minutes. When I started making small collages in a journal, I pushed myself to make them in 30 minutes or less. You can read about it here. 

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Collage #55

For Collage #55, I used some craft scissors that my friend and fellow artist, Linda Friedman, gave to me. The ground of this collage is the inside of an used security envelope. The design of the envelope dictated the layout of the cut paper on top of it. 

I cut the colored paper with various craft scissors. The random design of the edges of each paper appealed to me. I glued down the paper with Yes Paste. I must say that I'm pretty happy with this collage.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Work in Progress: another 18" x 36" mounted piece

Back on this blog post, I showed some images of a 18" x 36" piece that will be mounted on stretch canvas for Beyond The Edge Fiber Artists exhibit titled "Boundless". This exhibit will premiere at Cerritos Library in August and September 2015. I really liked the format and the design I used on the first piece. So, I've decided to work on a second piece. I'm not sure if it will be included in this exhibit but I wasn't done with this idea. Also, I tend to like to work in multiples or series. There could be a third piece as well that is brewing in my head at the moment.

Here is a sneak peak of my second piece:

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