Saturday, June 29, 2013

Improvisational Screen Printing:
Talcum Powder Prints on Cloth
ArtCloth Article

Marie-Therese Wisniowski

Preamble
This blogspot exhibits many of my students outputs from a variety of workshops. There are one, two and five day workshops as well as workshops that have a different focus. Nevertheless, it always surprises me how much I learn from my students and how enthusiastic they are to learn and so for your convenience, I have listed the workshop posts below.

The University of Newcastle Multi-Media Course
The University of Newcastle (Newcastle and Ourimbah Campuses, NSW, Australia) 2008 to 2010.

One and Two Day Disperse Dye Workshops
Various Textile Groups (Australia) 2008 - 2011.

Five Day Workshop - In Pursuit of Complex Cloth
“Wrapt in Rocky” Textile Fibre Forum Conference (Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia) 29th June to 5th July 2008.

Five Day Workshop – In Pursuit of Complex Cloth
Orange Textile Fiber Forum (Orange, NSW, Australia) 19th to 25th April 2009.

5 Day Workshop – In Pursuit of Complex Cloth
Geelong Fiber Forum (Geelong, Victoria, Australia) 27th September to 3rd October 2009.

Two Day Workshop - Deconstructed and Polychromatic Screen Printing
Beautiful Silks (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) 20th to 21st March 2010.

Five Day Workshop – Disperse Dye and Transfer Printing
“Wrapt in Rocky” Biennial Textile Forum/Conference Program (Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia) 25th June to 1st July 2010.

Two Day Workshop – Improvisational Screen Printing
ATASDA (Sydney, NSW, Australia) 28th to 29th August 2010.

Two Day Workshop – In Pursuit of Complex Cloth (Day One)
”Stitching and Beyond” Textile Group (Woodbridge, Tasmania, Australia) 2nd to 3rd October 2010.

Two Day Workshop – In Pursuit of Complex Cloth (Day Two)
”Stitching and Beyond” Textile Group (Woodbridge, Tasmania, Australia) 2nd to 3rd October 2010.

Advance Silk Screen Printing
Redcliffe City Art Gallery Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia) 10th April 2011.

One Day Workshop - In Pursuit of Complex Cloth
The Victorian Feltmakers Inc. (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) 14th May 2011.

One Day Workshop - In Pursuit of Complex Cloth (Felted and Silk Fibers)
Victorian Feltmakers Inc (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) 15th May 2011.

Five Day Workshop – Disperse Dye and Transfer Printing
SDA (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) 13th to 17th June 2011.

Five Day Disperse Dye Master Class – Barbara Scott
Art Quill Studio (Arcadia Vale, NSW, Australia) 15th to 19th August 2011.

Five Day Workshop – Disperse Dye and Transfer Printing
Fiber Arts Australia (Sydney, NSW, Australia) 26th September to 1st October 2011.

One Day Workshop – Improvisational Screen Printing
Newcastle Printmakers Workshop Inc. (Newcastle, NSW, Australia) 5th November 2011.

One Day Workshops – Low Relief Screen Printing
Various classes within Australia.

Two Day Workshop – Disperse Dye and Transfer Printing
ATASDA (Sydney, NSW, Australia) 23rd to 24th June 2012.

MSDS Demonstration at Zijdelings
(Tilburg, The Netherlands) October, 2012.

Two Day Workshop - Disperse Dye and Transfer Printing
EFTAG (Tuross Head, NSW, Australia) 13th to 14th April 2013.

Two Day Workshop - Disperse Dye and Transfer Printing
Zijdelings Studio (Tilburg, The Netherlands) 9th to 10th October 2014.

PCA - Celebrating 50 Years in 2016
Art Quill Studio 2016 Workshop Program (Newcastle, Australia).

Image Dreamings: Basic Silk Screen Printing Workshop - Part I
2016 Art Quill Studio Workshop Program (Newcastle, Australia).

Image Dreamings: Basic Silk Screen Printing Workshop - Part II
2016 Art Quill Studio Workshop Program (Newcastle, Australia).

In Pursuit of: Improvisational Screen Printing Workshop
2016 Art Quill Studio Workshop Program (Newcastle, Australia).

In Pursuit of: Low Relief Screen Printing (LRSP) Workshop
2016 Art Quill Studio Workshop Program (Newcastle, Australia).


Introduction
In “Improvisational Screen Printing” the printed image is not under complete artistic control - as is the case in traditional screen printing. Hence, it is an exciting, creative process for the adventurous spirit who loves to play with serendipitous and spontaneous effects.

Improvisational screen printing techniques enable artists to carefully and deliberately seek random effects by using inexpensive, everyday materials like wax crayons, talcum powder, low relief texture items, fabric interfacing, drawing fluid and screen filler etc. in order to create multi-faceted rich and colorful layered imagery.

Improvisational screen printing includes the application of non-permanent, semi-permanent and permanent screen surface media. Non-permanent applications include wax crayons, talcum powder, low relief texture items, paper stencils, shredded paper, confetti and flour paste media. Semi-permanent applications include cold wax, soy wax, plastic stencils, multiple color interfacing stencils, tyvek stencils, freezer paper stencils, ezy cut stencils and drawing fluid and screen filler media. Permanent applications include photo emulsion, acrylic paint, commercial silkscreen block out and spray paint media. Both fabric paints and fabric dyes can be used with all of the above applications of these screen surface media.

I have written an article for Embellish Magazine – one of ArtWear’s publications. This magazine is a “how to do” magazine, giving step-by-step instructions on how to create exciting screen printed images on cloth. Of course, I will not cover the contents of the article such as; (i) properties of talc powder; (ii) materials needed; (iii) step-by-step instructions and intermediate outcomes of the technique. For that, you need to purchase the magazine by going to the ArtWear website or to Australasian newsagents. However, I will give you a feel for the technique and highlight some of the outcomes using it.

Front Cover of Embellish Magazine (Volume 3, Issue number 14,June 2013).


Talcum Powder Prints – An Improvisational Direct Stencil Technique
Talcum powder as a silkscreen media is non-permanent - but resilient - and allows a surprising amount of passes before you have to repeat the technique. The printed images have a lovely organic quality to them. Introducing interesting color combinations can add further interest to the textural quality of the printed works. Unique, richly printed fabrics can be created using fabric paints or thickened dyes.

Talcum powder screen printing employs a blank screen and a direct stencil technique. Direct stencils are prepared by applying a block out medium directly to the screen in the areas that do not print. They block the paint from penetrating the screen such as wax and other commercial products.

Simply put, when the talcum powder is placed and then silk screened, the talc particles swell and so impregnate themselves into the pores of the silkscreen in the pattern that you have sprinkled or drawn on the paper. Hence it fills those voids in the silkscreen and so acts as a resist to any further color that you may wish to transfer from the prepared talc silkscreen to the fabric.


ArtCloth Outputs Using Talcum Powder Screen Printing

Talcum powder silkscreen print employing black fabric paint on a white cotton substrate.

Talcum powder silkscreen print employing orange, green and black fabric paint on a dyed and discharged silk substrate.

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Talcum powder silkscreen print employing opaque yellow fabric paint using a stencil design through the central area of the piece. The piece includes breakdown screen printing, hand painting, mono printing and sponging techniques.

Talcum powder silkscreen print employing fuschia and yellow opaque fabric paint using a wax resist design on a paper substrate.

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Mono printing, talcum powder silkscreen print employing fuschia and yellow opaque fabric paint using a wax resist design and photo emulsion silkscreened “fly” images on cotton substrate.

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