Sunday, 18 May 2008

Printing play

Thanks to everyone for your lovely comments on my previous 100th post, I will get my OH to do the draw later on, if I can prise him away from the garden.

I while ago I read this post on Carol’s blog and it made me wonder if these raised wallpapers would be any good for printing, so I went round Homebase like a woman possessed tearing off lumps of WP, much to the embarrassment of my poor OH.

Anyway I tried printing with acrylic and it worked beautifully, the deeper relief patterns were obviously more successful. I printed onto a 12”x 12” canvas with a yellow ochre BG as I knew I wanted to use some previously printed autumn leaves. The WP I used is a nice stylised leaf pattern, you can see it here after I’d used it again for a deep orange on another piece.

I over painted the BG with a thin layer of cadmium orange and then applied the leaf print, (printed on mulberry paper) with a thin wash of PVA.

I still wasn’t happy as the leaves looked stuck on so I over painted it again, but this time mixing in a bit of interference gold.

I liked it when I first did it but I’m not sure if I’ve killed it now!

This is the first one of a series I’m doing for the exhibition, so I will post up more as I get them documented

PS sorry for the confusion to anyone who saw this post earlier and then it disappeared, but Blogger bodged the publishing, leaving half of it behind and I had to go out, so had no choice but to delete it.


Carol said...

Hey Sharon, have you seen the Traci Bautista way of printing with wall paper? She puts acrylic paint watered down onto paper towels and then puts this onto her paper, then the flock wallpaper goes on and then rollers over, gives fab prints onto paper or fabric. I have also been doing a lot with painted flock wallpaper and actually sewing it into my work, it is very robust! Hope this is of some use.

Shirley Anne Sherris said...

What about a gentle fingering of treasure gold over the leaves here and there.
I saw Carol's blog and made a note about that technique. Haven't been to the DIY wallpaper dept yet!!

Aussie Jo said...

I like this better painted over. You may be able to highlight and enhance with some machine and hand stitching, maybe with some batting behind the leaves if you want them to be more prominent.

chrissythreads said...

Hi Sharon,
Looks interesting -can't wait to see how it progresses. How's the C&G going?

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Julie said...

I was just about to say what Shirley Anne has said. I don't suppose the computer is showing your canvas up in its best light but I think a little added something would be good.

Becky Vigor said...

What a great idea! I like the end result but also love the steps along the way. Think I'll be off to homebase tearing off wallpaper samples this week!