Monday, January 9, 2012

Print it!

Somewhat inspired by this fab little book with a bit of Lotta thrown in (all while channelling Maya) I felt compelled to print things with the girleen.
Having an artist in the house means that occasionally we have the proper equipment in the house (like a print roller).  Having the artist being a PAINTER (instead of a print-maker) means that we don't necessarily have ALL the right equipment.  We used a lunchbox lid and acrylic poster paint. 

The small girl had a small problem with thinking "small" on the amount of paint to squeeze onto the tray.
With our rudimentary tools (and abundant paint) we managed to create a few interesting prints on paper and fabric.
We decided to make fabric that we could then sew into something.  I made an apple leaf print.
The girleen did a 1/2-a-lemon print, and then decided it was more fun to PAINT than to print (she's her father's daughter).
Ok, so as far as fabric designs go, it's not to everyone's taste... but she enjoyed it and is looking forward to making a bag out of it. 

The way this paint stains clothes and furniture, I don't see a problem with the print fading too much with washing (or any other kind of stain-removal process, for that matter).
I think I enjoy the printing process more than the wee girl does (and if I'm completely honest, I'd probably enjoy it a lot more without her...).  I hope to one day get some time to play a bit more with printing.  For now, it's joining FELTING on the list of things that I'm definitely coming back to.  I just have a few quilt and yarn projects to finish first....

11 comments:

Liam's Mummy said...

Fun, fun, FUN!

Tas said...

Heh, heh. I wish you better luck than me. I have a list of "Things that I want to get to so that I can put them on my come back to list"...

soniaandfred said...

Such a good idea!
Now you have a totally unique fabric with which to make a totally unique something...
I like.
And do show a pic of the bag when it is complete :-)

A Little Bowerbird said...

I have done this in the past and it's jogged some memories and given inspiration for some new projects- thank you!

trudi@maudeandme said...

Sounds like my recent fabric printing adventure/saga with children!

Katy Cameron said...

Oh wow, I haven't done that since I was at school! Hmm, may be time to have another go... Of course it might be a plan to get some other stuff off the 'To Do' list first!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

printing is just so Messy!

not for me.

Craft ADD, you haz it ;-)

Tania said...

Just so you know, you're going to need a LOT of time and space to get over this little obsession, once you really get started. P'raps give felting a quick look-in first!

Fer said...

Gosh you two are gorgeous. :-)

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Saffron Craig fabrics said...

That looks like fun. Happy new Year Nikki. Hope 2012 is a lot of fun.