Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lino Printing on Paper - A Bit of a Disaster

I have been interested in trying some block printing on fabric so when the opportunity came up to attend a two day lino printing workshop I grabbed it. However it was lino printing on paper and the course focussed on reduction lino printing - where the lino block is gradually cut away as each layer of colour is applied. In the end nothing is left of the block, so totally impractical for multiple printing on fabric. Really a course for serious artists I think. Nevertheless I persevered - it is an interesting technique and taken to great heights by some printmakers, of whom I now have the greatest admiration. See the websites of Anna Curtis and Vida Pearson for example.

My original idea was to try one of my screenprint designs and see how it worked as a linoprint. I chose this one


I spent hours carving the lino - very hard on the wrists, and applying three different colours as is required for a reduction linoprint. Blue (background), green (foliage and flowers) and black (nuts and branches) - more carving in between each colour application. The block print inks are very sticky and so it seemed to get everywhere and even though water soluble it was quite hard to wash off. And I thought screen printing inks were messy!






I'm loath to show any closeups - they were all a bit too awful. Anyway I don't think I'll pursue a lino printmaking career any further, but am not giving up on simple block printing on fabric.

My next post will be showing some of some block print fabric designers I admire.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Table Runner and Napkin Sets

I've done a few of these lately. Most require a separate stencil for the napkin so progress has been a bit slow. Here is what I have produced to date..


There are a couple of sets in my Etsy shop now.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Few More from The Printing and Sewing Table


And this is what I'm reading for inspiration

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Fresh Is Best

I only sell my bags at retail outlets and the twice yearly Botanique Bazaar, primarily because I think potential buyers like to touch and feel such a personal item and that's very hard to achieve in an online environment (for me anyway). And besides there are so many such items for sale on a site such as Etsy (a "bag" search retrieved 620,000+ items!!). It's very easy to get lost in the maze'.

Even so I discovered it's very important to keep coming up with fresh new designs and variations and not fall into the trap of just keeping to the same old pattern, even if initially very popular, if the sales are to keep coming.

The bags in my previous post have sold already so I need a couple more for my "space" at the Samford Slab Hut.
This variation on this linen and denim tote (a bit larger than my usual pattern) features a front printed panel (kangaroo paw) and ring closure, an interesting finish to the handles and a printed fabric topped pocket (I didn't have enough printed fabric for the complete pocket).

And this take on the linen and denim folded clutch (tea tree). Straps are detachable so the bag can also be used as a tote and a hand held clutch as well as a shoulder purse making it quite versatile.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Bags

Well not really new. I have re-tweaked some of my existing patterns to get some fresh new looks. It's also very satisfying creatively to have the time to muck about and see what happens.

Meet the tote - linen and denim with denim straps. Inside is also printed with the native violet design, with a pocket and key ring holder.

And the "reversible" fold over shoulder purse/clutch with zipper closure.
This one has a removable shoulder strap and can be worn two ways - the fold over part featuring either the navy denim or the blue gumnut print. I've boxed the corners with this one. Next time I will leave them flat. Maybe close with a magnetic clip and perhaps try leather, and an adjustable removable shoulder strap with two positions - one for a clutch and one for a tote making it even more versatile. The possibilities.....

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Pinteresting

I haven't spent much time on Pinterest to date but am starting to add to two boards in particular - Favourite Aussie (and some NZ) Fabric Screenprinters and Botanically Inspired (Australian Flora of course). You might like to take a look for inspiration here.

I think I'll also start a board on fabric screenprinters from other parts of the world

Actually this post is just an excuse to show some photos of a beee...autiful eucalpt now flowering in the garden. It is Eucalyptus phoenicea - from northern Australia - the Kimberleys and north Northern Territory so a bit of an oddity in this south east Queensland garden.


  

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Change From White and Red

The most popular colour for my prints is white, closely followed by red so that's what I mainly do. But every so often - like now - I feel like I need some more colour around me and here's the result of my latest printing sessions.
I love the green.
These tea towels are heading for the Botanique Bazaar at the Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens which is coming up again in July (16 - 20), along with lots of white and red towels as well.




Friday, May 9, 2014

After A Bit of Tweeking....

A bit more design improvement and I tried the print on unbleached linen

Saturday, April 26, 2014

One For Casuarina Lovers - Like Me!

I played around with a casuarina (she-oak) inspired stencil and print about 4 years ago and for various reasons put it on the back burner. So this weekend I decided to revisit the idea and redrew and recut the design. This afternoon I did a test print on white linen.
This is the original which I still like but the stencil is much too big for my small printing set up.
 

And this is the inspiration -photographed where I used to live. None close at hand in my new environment sadly.