At my dye retreat in 2011 we experimented with some deconstructed silk screen
prints. I have been looking for a way to use my prints. I started hand
stitching around the colors with a single strand of embroidery floss.
Then I experimented with several direct transfer methods.
The most successful was a laser print – the kind with heated powder ink –
on high rag content letterhead paper. I transfered the print by applying Golden
Soft Gel to the surface of the fabric. While the gel was still wet, I put the laser
image face down on the fabric and rubbed to smooth out the air bubbles.
After drying overnight, I wet the paper with water and when saturated,
I rubbed the paper pulp from the print leaving the ink in the gel.
Here is a Website with video and instructions on
“Direct Image Transfer” by Golden.
The cicada was a favorite of an old friend so I chose this vintage drawing.
I was inspired to try some freehand journaling by Deborah Boschert's
at least to me. I wanted to explain my reason for the cicada.
"Cicada Song" 16 x 18"
I colored the cicada with Sharpie and added the organza
leaf blades to pick up the red in the silk screen.
I'm still thinking about what to do next time.
I have lots more deconstructed silk screen prints.