Tricia and Nola had some more breakdown printing playdays. Tricia still had her second never-ending screen to print from, and both painted new screens. Nola wanted to try block printing with the thickened dyes onto fabric as a first layer.
She plans to print over these pieces to see how this influences the pattern.
She also painted two screens:
She used her Indian print blocks to print on this one, building up layers on the screen and letting them dry in between. The layers were very thin, compared to other methods she's used so they dried quite quickly. For the last layer, she used black thickened dye. The screens that have been so reluctant to break down were built up using this layering method, so she expected to produce a screen that would print quite well.
The results were mixed. The initial prints were very interesting but the screen discharged very quickly.
The strongest area of print is in the lower right corner, and it's certainly very interesting. But the dried media broke down very quickly.
Her other screen was painted using more usual methods, using sponge brushes, syringes, stamped elements with plastic containers and thick drizzles spread with a comb. These are the techniques they used on the screens that were reluctant to discharge.
The dye was slightly runnier than last time, because they had a problem with the screens clogging up. The humidity was slightly higher as well, and the screens did not sit unprinted for as many days. A couple of the screens were dried using a hairdryer. Clearly, there's a dynamic between all these things, determining the kind of results.
Meanwhile, Tricia was printing from her second never-ending screen.
She printed from it in various colourways.
Even washing the screen out between colours didn't cause it to break down...
...nor did using very runny media. The screen hasn't been washed out, since it's making such lovely patterns. The resist design looks more ragged each time, so it is finally beginning to break down.
Tricia also painted another larger screen.
Like Nola's screens, it broke down quite quickly.
They are producing some breautiful fabrics, though, aren't they?
Meanwhile, Bev was creating some interesting effects on paper. She took various leaves from her garden, including eucalypts, oak and other unknown ones. She laid the leaves on paper and steamed them in a bamboo steamer, the kind used in cooking Chinese food. Here's the results:
Aren't they fantastic? Another interesting way of making patterns.
Meanwhile, she was working on her triptych.They're looking good.
Bev brought along her Lost Treasures piece from last year, which as risen to the top of her pile. It's coming along nicely.
Nola made a visit to the bead shop this week and was making some new earrings.
We also brought along our works-in-progress Fragment sections to share. The group is making a collaborative piece for ATASDA's biannual exhibition at the Palm House in the Sydney Botanic Gardens in August. We cut a photo into sections and each of us is making a work inspired by that section of the photo. The finished works will be 8in square and will be mounted into a cube for exhibition.
This one is Helen's...
(which is finished, of course), and Maz's...... and Tricia's...