Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday in Sisters

Last night, so exahusted from laughing at Laura Wasilowski's hilarious slide lecture, that I fell into bed without talking about yesterday's class: Deconstructing the Screen.
Here is the first print from one of the screens -- and the piece got even better after that.  It was so exciting to see the results!

I did make a discovery yesterday that will help in the future: the sodium alginate from Dharma is not the same as the sodium alginate from ProChem, and my recipe for mixing up the print paste will make the paste much too thick with Dharma's alginate.  If you live on the west coast, cut it down at first to 2 Tablespoons of powder to a quart of water and go from there.  It will thicken anyway as it sits, but good grief -- it is unusable unless you keep adding water so it is the consistency of yogurt.  After a lot of trial and troubleshooting, here are some of the results of yesterday's class:




Can't wait to see what happens in class today!

12 comments:

Connie Rose said...

Awesome prints. Make me want to do DSP again (too little space these days, what with living in my studio). Re: the alginate, are you sure you had the proper stuff from Dharma? I.E. the low viscosity stuff? Requires half as much as the high viscosity stuff -- and yeah, the HV is supposed to be for cotton, LV for silk. I always use the HV, though, because you get twice as much for the money considering you'll use half as much for DSP.
Glad the workshop is going so well!
xo

Mia Bloom Designs said...

Fabulous prints! I bought my sodium alginate from Dharma and noticed that it's very thick. Thank you for the hint on how to cut the measurements. I'll try that next time.

Bonnie Miller said...

You lucky lucky people! That looks soooo amazing. I have done an on line class with Laura and can just imagine how hilarious she must have been. We are planning a USA trip at the moment and are hoping to meet her in Paducah next April. Are you going to be there too?

Marsha Cochrane said...

Your class was so much fun Rayna and now I have good memories, interesting fabrics and great inspiration to take home with me. Thank you for sharing your passion and art with me!!

Judy said...

love, love, love the gingkoes!
I think you are having entirely too much fun! LOL

xxoo

Barbara said...

Love all the prints. Hope to try out the alginate and learn to deconstruct a screen. I have the LV from Dharma and will remember your tip.

Linda Hicks said...

You do it all! and now a chemist. Eager to see today's products and can't wait to get you in our area.

tiedyejudy said...

I learned about the difference the hard way several years ago. Been using a variation of the recipe from your book for awhile now, and it works great. I go by how the SA looks as it sets up, and add more if needed. Love the prints, and I wish I had more time to play with DSP again! I'll put it back up on my project board and see if that works... Thanks for all your inspiration!

dsigns said...

Wonderful! Such fun and I love doing the deconstructed screen printing too. Lucky students to have you as their mentor.

J King said...

I hope you are talking about Laura's singing lecture. I was astounded by that last year when she gave the talk in Northern Virginia. The quilting event there looks like you are having such a good time. Thanks for sharing it.

yarngoddess said...

Those prints are just fabulous! What is the resist? Soy? Say no more ... I just have to take a class from you!
:Diane

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