Kerr's garment fabrics show a much more sophisticated use of DSP. She talked about how she's moved on from the basic techniques she taught in the 2007 "Deconstructed Screen Printing for Fabric and Paper" DVD. So, she guided us to discover answers for ourselves!
One simple way that we moved away from block printing was to paint hot wax on our screens to break up the edges.
I shared this piece of fabric made in the workshop "Screen, Dye and Discharge - Enlarging Your Markmaking Vocabulary with Kerr Grabowski" in a previous blog. It shows a single layer of screen printing using different colors and values of thickened dyes. I laid down the prints at random changing the orientation of the screen. One of the great tips from Kerr was to unify the individual screen prints by painting in thickened dyes around them. Yeah! This works really well. I found it so appealing that I turned it into a fingerpainting exercise ...with gloves on of course...
|Detail shot of the pipe cleaner flower and texture from placemat and string|
I still like the overall piece. Notice how the discharge paste didn't work on the blue dye at the center of the freezer paper stencil. I got a hidden color from a mixed dye showing through to add interest. The transparency of MX Reaction dyes is so wonderful to layer. The fact that the discharging wasn't completely successful was disappointing, but it's an opportunity to work back into the piece. Kerr routinely works back into her pieces which is another chance to unify your design.