Until I started hanging out with my friend, Estelle, I would dream up a project and jump right in. I’ve ruined a lot of projects and materials by “jumping in”. Watching her as we worked our way through various mixed media techniques taught me the value of testing on a smaller scale. Estelle is very methodical when she’s working with a new screen, new tool or new medium.
My vision for the my old linen tablecloth is to screen print it around the edges and in the middle with hundreds of leaf images. I want to use Color Magnet and then immersion dye the whole thing. The screened images will dye darker.
I found a single linen napkin in my “old linens” stash and printed it with Color Magnet using several screens as a test.
Doubly so when I saw the results last night.
I wasn’t very worried about the large images. I knew they would turn out great but I do need to be careful that I’m not too gloppy with the Color Magnet.
I was a little concerned about these little leaves but they look great too! These leaves and the fern are from Ancient Craft.
I was most worried about these shadowy leaves. These are from PGFiber2Art and I’m so glad I got them. They screened beautifully and their ghost-like images will be a nice contrast to the more solid leaves.
I think I can safely start the tablecloth now.