Friday, October 17, 2008

It's a tablecloth!

This is the piece of fabric, originally bright white 100% cotton, that I've stained with coffee grounds and concord grape skins, and we (my collaborative group) gocco printed today.

It's trimmed down to about 3 yards long. Each of the stripes is about 3" wide, printed in pink in one direction and red in the other. We spread the fabric out on the dining table, and used a single gocco screen flashed with a solid block 3" x 6" wide. Inked up the screen, with the edges demarcated with strips of foam (so we can see how to roughly register). Then we just laid the screen down and pressed down on it with the stamp pad. We had to re-ink quite a bit, as the fabric is absorbent and we had to press pretty hard to get good solid images.

I'm actually pretty amazed that we could register as well as this. We also did not use any guides to align the stripes as we printed; we just eyeballed, wanting that imperfect look (to go with all the stains, which I so carefully and laboriously created!).

We're meeting again in 2 weeks to print more (there will be designs on the strips). After that, it's still open to discussion.

And it's Portland Open Studios weekend again.

So I spent the rest of the day preparing, printing more cards and making new signs. One of my neighbors will not be open this weekend, so she gave me her signs. I doctored them up with my number, and I think they look pretty darn good, if I don't say so myself. And there were more board duties to attend to as well.


Jodi Renshaw said...
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Jodi Renshaw said...

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