When Ira paints or prints on her fabrics that is just the starting point.She goes on to embellish them with additions of stitch, hand and machine ,beading ,appliqué and burning into the synthetic fabric she might use.Below is Week Four's finished piece which has transformed into a unique and skilled piece of textile art.
The following images show the stages she employs ,with a little tutorial of how she works so you can try them out for yourself.
Mono printing on Fabric Week Five.
As the name implies one cannot get two prints exactly the same from a mono print.
There are two ways of making a mono print as described below.
You will need a surface such as a piece of glass with taped edges or a piece of plastic that may be wiped (your plate).In addition some paints (I use acrylic paints) a paintbrush or implement to move the paint around and some fabric.The method I employ is to
take acrylic paints straight from the tube and use a paintbrush to dot them over my surface to the size I require.Gently merge them together being careful not to mix otherwise the colours will become muddy .
Take the handle end of your paintbrush and draw into the merged colours .This could be geometric shapes or lines as shown below.
Then taking some fabric of choice ( I have used cotton and silk) lay it gently, and carefully over your inked plate.I use my hand to apply a little pressure across the surface to transfer the paint to fabric.Lift it up in one careful motion and turn over to see your print .Lay it flat and leave to dry.
Alternately you can ink your plate ,lay the fabric on top then make marks into the back of the fabric.It gives a very different result.When the pieces are quite dry you are ready to work into them with hand or machine stitch.
Below is the result of combining mono prints by cutting up and reassembling
Ira says"If you are not wholly pleased with the resulting mono print then it will be transformed by adding embroidery and will turn into a masterpiece, well that is what I keep telling myself!! Have a go it was great fun"
We love what she achieves with these techniques and so do the many people who have purchased her work.