A Daily Blog on Textile and Garden Adventures

19. Nov, 2019

I didnt clean the fish off but applied more fabric paintand this time I applied the cloth and then sprintzed the cloth before carefully manipulating it. I was amazed at how much more clearly the scales showed up using this method. Unfortunately i didn't realise that until I had completed my prints so this is the only one that shows the scales that clearly.

18. Nov, 2019

I used polychromas pencils to define the outline, eye and gills and fill in any bits that were a bit shaky. I used polychromas because they have lots of pigment in the lead and are stable once heat set. Having defined the eye during the printing process it was now easy to make the eye stand out in the way I wanted. I have got a bit of paint on the background fabric but I don't think that will be a problem once I am finished playing

17. Nov, 2019

I must have learnt something from the first go at this as this round is more successful. Here is the raw print of the first run. I was quite careful in applying lime green fabric paint at the bottom of the fish and violet at the top. . Last time I tried this the fabric print was so disappointing but I think the paint was too thick and I didn't work the fish enough. I applied the paint directly onto the fish and then lightly spritz it with water, placed the fabric over the fish and manipulated it being careful not to move the fabric. I took particular care to work around the eyes, mouth and tail so that I would get a good definition of where these were at. I will touch up using my polychroma pencils to enhance the eye, outline and lines on the tail and fin but I am pretty pleased with this result. and then I was away trying out different paints and methods. You will note this is the mirror image of the actual fish in the print below. It took me some thinking to reverse the fish so I could have fish going in both directions.

16. Nov, 2019

Each week Simple site sends me the details of how many people have viewed my site the preceding week.  usually it around 1500.  I have never cracked 2000 but last week I hit a new record of 2328.  Thank you to all my regulars and to the new comers.  I hope you enjoy my ramblings and experiments.  I do try to post each day so sometimes a process is presented in stages over several days because I want to explore the process as well as the results and keep each step in its basis without overload or clutteing.  I began the blog as a reord to myself of how and what I ahiceved and as a challenge to post daily so that I developed a creative practice.  I have been trying to post daily for the past 2 years now and during that time my weekly hits have grown from less than 200 to this new amazing high.  It is gratifying to know people enjoy what I am doing but I also am aware that the practice is still very much a personal one to keep me focused and creating in a life that is often very complex and chaotic.  Last night my youngest daughter, Kim, who owns the Shoppington complex here in Te Kuiti, was in the finals of the Regional Business Awards so we all went to the awards dinner.  While she didnt get an award what she has achieved is pretty amazing and supporting her journey is very important to me.

16. Nov, 2019

My husband is a keen fisherman and last time he went out he brought me this kahawai - about 12 inches long so that I could retry gyotaku - the japanese system for printing from real fish. Originally it was how they recorded their catch but now it is a bit of an art from. Last time I didnt to so well on fabric as the paint was too dry so this time I tried a few different things. I was able to use the cutout of the polystyrene sheet to stabilise the fish. This is my first go using textile paint. The gubby marks above the fish are on the polystyrene so they wont print. I took particular care to make sure I had plenty of paing in areas such as the gill opening, the mouth and the eye. I still expect to have to emphasise parts of the print with fabric pencils but I am keen to try a few different things here. On this take I have used lime green, violet and black textile paint.