Saturday, February 4, 2012

Foxy Fun & Happy Accidents...

Well, I finished the quilt I gave you a sneak peek of last week, but I'm still working on getting some good pics of it, so here's a look at a little something else I'm working on in the mean time...haha, turns out it's a work in progress too!

I thought it might be nice to get out of my little box and try something different. So... I signed up for a short (3 session) screen printing class. It's taught by a local artist in a studio that's a bit like a skinny storage attic, and we all huddle around a shopping cart that's been turned into a make-shift exposure unit and printing station (sounds crazy, I know).

I wanted to print a fox and make them into pillows. (You can see I'm still not venturing that far from my comfort zone yet). Here's the original drawing I made on tracing paper using my trusty technical pens. But...




... you know those projects that doesn't quite turn out the way you planned? Turns out when I went to draw directly on the plastic, my technical pens didn't work. I had to use a Sharpie, so my artwork ended up with thicker lines and less detail, but I was still on track with my pillow idea...





or so I thought!

Introducing Mr. No-face Half-a-Fox, haha...





Ugh... all those fur lines, gone! I was initially disappointed, but then I realized that this was exactly what needed to happen. I took this class to get out of my comfort zone, but here I was still trying to do the same thing. Now I was being forced to do something different. So, I printed him on paper instead, and then... then, the ideas started flowing, I could do so many things to it. I could draw on top of it, print another screen over it next week in a new color maybe, collage it, paint it, stitch on it... whatever I wanted.

So now I have four half-fox prints waiting to be experimented on, and next weekend after my final class I will show you the final results... good or not so good. You won't want to miss it!

5 comments:

  1. Screen printing is so much fun! Would love to do some more screen printing... And I think you have the right spirit here, the prints may have turned out very different than you hoped for but it could be a blessing in disguise. The prints still have so much potential and I'm sure you're going to turn them into something great!!

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  2. ohhhh it looks like is going to be soo interesting the final results, lots of fun!!!! and I'm sure they will be beatiful too :) :)

    waiting to see more... ... ...!!!
    tons of kisses!!
    Carina

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  3. It definitely was a blessing in disguise, and turned out to be a whole lotta' fun. My husband actually asked me to show him too, which is great, b/c it ups my odds of getting more space in the garage.

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  4. I've been wanting to try screenprinting . . . can't wait to see what you do with Mr. Fox!

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  5. oh they are so cute! Love the one with the scarf on the best. Could see it in colour as a quilt or cushion panel. well done!

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