Making prints from natural objects is easy and fun. In this class you will experiment with printing natural objects on a variety of fabrics and/or papers you choose using leaves and vegetables. The resulting prints can be incorporated into Fiber art works you can print onto scarves or clothing if you desire. It’s also a great way to make handmade cards or papers to use in collage or mixed media if you print onto art papers. Skill level: Beginner and up.
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Materials fee $15 paid directly to instructor at beginning of class includes:
I will supply the paints so you will have a wide variety of colors to choose from, this way, you need not invest a lot of money to get a wide choice of colors. You may of course supply your own paints if you wish,
Supplies You Need to Bring to Class in addition to materials provided by instructor:
• Scratch paper: To make test prints on and to cover the leaf and fabric for pressing; bring a bunch of sheets as you will want to do some test prints to get a feel for the process before printing on your fabric, especially if you intend to print on a silk scarf.
• Fabrics and/or decorative papers: Bring anything you wish (and it need not be 100% cotton, even exotic materials are fun to play with). I recommend the pieces be large enough that you can realistically make them into something if you so choose but remember your leaf prints can also be cut out and fused or stitched to other materials. For the clearest prints a smooth surfaced fabric with fine high thread count is best but you can get interesting results on textured fabric as well. Other ideas are scarves (silky and filmy are OK), blue jeans, table linens or even art papers to make into greeting cards or to collage into mixed media projects. This is a great way to up-cycle interesting papers like maps, pages torn from an old book
• Leaves and plant material: Leaves that have clearly defined veins on the backside give the most pleasing results although any leaf with an interesting outline has promise as well. Make sure the leaf will fit comfortably on the fabric or paper you are bringing (not that you couldn’t print an oversized leaf and just use a portion of it in an art quilt). Be adventurous and really look for variety (no poison oak please). Wait until the day before the class to collect your specimens; they need to be fairly fresh and flexible to print well. If the plant material is excessively ruffled, you may want to flatten it some by pressing it in a phone book. Do this for several hours or overnight but no longer than that; the idea is to make it lie flat not dry it and make it crispy. Don’t restrict yourself to just leaves; there are flowers and sprigs of weedy twigs that can make interesting prints as well. NOTE: I will also bring a bunch of leaves and vegetable materials that can be passed around and shared.
• Foam or bristle brush (about 1” wide or so), a dauber or brayer (a brayer is like a small paint roller made of rubber available at art & craft stores): You will need some way of applying the paint to the leaves for printing; any of the above tools will work.
• A roll of paper towels: this is a messy project and you will need plenty of paper towels for cleaning brushes and wiping your hands.
• A plastic sour cream or margarine tub: for rinse water to clean your brushes.
• Large plastic trash bag or drop cloth: to protect the table from paint
• Small to medium brown paper (lunch) bag: to serve as a personal trash bag for the paint covered leaves; we do not want to get paint on the facility’s trash cans.
• A flat plastic plate or tray (opt): This will be used to spread the paint on so don’t use something you intend to reuse for food. To be ideal, it should be very flat and smooth and large enough to roll a brayer in (if you should get one). Plastic picnic plates, Styrofoam meat tray (clean please), an old discarded baking pan or a piece of Plexiglas large enough to serve as a palette will work.
Other Incidental Supplies:
• Lighting: additional lighting may be helpful; a portable Ott light would be appropriate. You may or may not need these things; they are mainly for comfort.
• Extension cords and plug strips (if bringing additional lighting): check to see if these will be provided or if it’s advisable to bring your own.
• A Pillow: Many venues have less than comfortable chairs, a pillow may help.
Most of the required supplies for your classes can be pre-ordered from Collage. They will be ready and waiting for you to pick up when you arrive at the retreat. For further info and to place your order, contact: