This is so good for me - I really don't do messy - and I find it hard to play and push back my neat and tidy comfort zone! (Himself says I am Monica from 'Friends!') Sadly he's not wrong, I do tend to work in a detailed and controlled way, so loosening up play times aren't natural to me, but I'm learning!
I was very impressed with my friend Alison's Gelli Plate for mono printing. I didn't think I'd really use one enough to warrant buying my own, but it did inspire me to try a few DIY printy things, without spending a lot of money.
This was really fun! I tried a few more watercolour prints in my journal on cartridge paper. (These are St Petersburg White Nights watercolour paints which I love.)
Then I got out my fabric scrap bag and tried using acrylic paint onto calico. First I tried some Jacquard Textile paint. I really like how these buddleia leaf prints turned out.
Flushed with success - I made up a rough plate using a piece of mat board with some acetate stuck on it - to see if it would work. I didn't have a brayer, so used a natural sponge to apply the paint (just cheap acrylic craft paint to which I added some fabric painting medium.(All very high tech!)
Pretty rough and ready, but it worked ok!
I don't have any stamps, so I drew into the paint using a rubber tipped art tool, then laid fabric scraps over the design and lightly rubbed. These are the results:
Not too bad for a first attempt, and these are much more free and expressive than how I normally work. I think I may try a thick silicon mat for a base, as it will have more spring and flex - and get a proper brayer! Anyone got any tips or suggestions for other DIY/recycled tools and equipment to share - or more fun ways to play with printing?
I'm going to take some of these prints and see how I can develop them a bit more too.x