Chapter 5: Developing designs for Applique

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‘Enchanted Owl’ wasn’t as successful as I hoped; possibly it needed thicker card, but it was difficult to cut out anyway, and might not have worked even if the card had been thicker.

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Photocopy of a birthday card.

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The original birthday card.

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Two tracings of the section: one in detail, one simplified.  I numbered the detailed one, and have a photocopy in case I decide to cut it up, so that I know which bit goes where.

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Chapter 4: Resists and Colour Discharge

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Example 1: Torn paper resist coloured with Markal paintsticks                                               45

A: on paper

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B: on Muslin

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C: on Polycotton with silk paints

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D: with resists removed

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E: Kitchen roll which was under the polycotton

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This could come in handy.

Example 2: Sticky-back plastic and self adhesive paper resists

A: on  paper with dripped Brusho after removal of resists

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B: on Polycotton with dripped Brusho and self-adhesive plastic

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C: on Muslin with dripped Brusho and resists removed

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D: Polycotton with dripped Brusho and resists removed

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This was most unsatisfactory as the Brusho ran under the resists.  This might have been because the paint was too runny.

E: Paper with self-adhesive paper resists and silk paint

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F: Polycotton with self-adhesive paper  resists and silk paint

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This worked better, although there was still a certain amount of seepage

Example 3: Stencil resists, using a spray bottle.

A: Found stencil resists: paper doyley, lace bits and trimmings, net curtains, mesh lurex fabric and dressing-table mats

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B: Paper doyley, lace scraps sprayed with an anonymous French paint onto paperDigimax A50 / KENOX Q2

C: B with the resists removed

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D: Paper sprayed through a dressing-table mat

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This was better as the paper soaked up the paint more.

E: Paper sprayed through net curtain.

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F: Paper after the net curtain was moved several times

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G: Paper sprayed with walnut ink (with a little left-over red paint – I couldn’t get the spray bottle completely clean) using torn paper resists.

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H.  Resists removed

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I liked the result of the walnut ink.  I painted Example 1A (Markal) and 3H (Walnut) with acrylic wax, the Markal was fine, but the leftover red paint ran.  The result is all right though.

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Example 4: Wax resist and green drawing ink.

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B: Grid drawn with a candle end.  Drips and flicked wax blobs.

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Rather an old candle, so the wick must have been dirty!

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Example 5: Creating a background using a resist.

After all these experiments, and notwithstanding a previous lack of success with the medium (I think putting the Markal crayons near the radiator first may have helped!) I thought Example 1 worked best.

A: Markal using Tattoo feather design for paper resist

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B: Design on polycotton

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C: with added stitching using Superior Rainbow variegated no. 835, Madeira 40 nos. 1055 & 1246, and Madeira Frosted 7834

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D: Close-up 1

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E: Close-up 2

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F: Close-up 3

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Blue Peter moment

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  1. Gelli plate with acrylic paint, some removed with a wooden print block

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2. Gelli plate as above, plus paper resists

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3. Polycotton and silk paint using Shibori technique (string and a bit of plastic drainpipe).

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Example 6: Colour Discharge

A: Coloured paper

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The orange, red, and the green bottom right are all painted with Procion.

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The black tissue paper and the procion painted papers all reacted with the bleach, also the black sugar paper slightly, but the painted tissue and the yellow envelope did not.

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Top row L to R:  Printed polycotton; silk paint air-brushed scrim; stretch velvet

Middle row: Red furnishing velour; glazed polycotton; black needlecord

Bottom row: Red heavyweight polycotton twill; blue polycotton; orange procion dyed muslin

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D.  After painting with bleach

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The three lighter polycotton fabrics reacted the most, followed by the orange muslin and the red polycotton. There was a little reaction on the scrim and the needlecord, while the velour and the velvet seemed unaffected.

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E. Bleach printing

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Kalka wooden block

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Turtle sponge

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I wasn’t going to put this close-up in, but I thought the bubbles looked interesting, although I wonder if it’s repeatable as they were not visible after ironing.

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I have not tried this method: the deColourant was £10.00 and I have not been able to find any Dygone locally.  I have used that before, with indifferent results.  I think it unlikely that I would want to work with either Bleach or deColourant/Dygone as it is hard to control the results.  I hope this will be all right.