Fabric Painting Workshops

Painting Workshops use simple and unusual techniques to design and create individualized painted fabrics.

 

Painting workshops must be held in a room where splatters can easily cleaned up.  Additionally, sutdents should be encouraged to wear old clothes.  This is a wonderfully messy activity!  Each student will need a chair and a table space that is equivalent tot he size of a card table.  A source of clean running water and a sink for washing up is essential.  A fair amount of empty floor space (or a sind-free outdoor space) where fabric can lay flat to dry is necessary.  an empty room with a few large floor fans is ideal.  Lacking that, a few fabrics can be spot dried using a hair dryer, but it is impractical to consider drying all of the fabrics that way.

Fabric Painting Techniques using Vegetal Starch Resist
This workshop is designed to give students an opportunity to become familiar with vegetal starch resist. The idiosyncrasies of different vegetal resist as well as appropriate painting techniques for each will be explored. Additionally, students will design fabrics using resist to form geometric and free form patterns.  This workshop requires access to a stove.

 

 

Topics include:

  • Types of resist

  • Paint opacity and viscosity

  • Effects of fabric moisture

  • Base fabrics: splattering, lines, brush wiping

  • Differences between resist and paste: oatmeal, flour, cornstarch and rice resist

  • Painting techniques for resisted fabrics

 

 

Printing, Stamping and Monoprinting
This workshop is designed to spark a student's creativity through the droduction of unique fabrics.  Although a thorough discussion of the use of these fabrics as an integral part of a quilt's design is given, emphasis will be on fabric design.  Through a series of exercises and individual design challenges, students will learn to design fabrics around each technique's particular idiosyncrasies.

 

 

Topics include:

  • Paint properties

  • Effects of fabric moisture

  • Splattering and splashing

  • Lines

  • Brush wiping techniques

  • sponge stamping

  • Printing

  • Monoprinting

 

 

Painted Wholecloth Quilts  Painted wholecloth quilts are exciting to create, and can range from simple to intricate.  Participants will explore2 dimensional, free-form and geometric design, and will execute these designs in paint using masking, stenciling and printing techniques, and water soluble resist.

 

Topics include:

  • Properties of resist

  • Applying resist

  • Painting resisted fabric

  • Paint opacity and viscosity

  • Effects of fabric moisture

  • 2 dimensional, geometric and free-form design

  • Painted embellishments

  • Masking, stencilling, and stamping embellishments

 

 

Splatters, Splashes, and Splotches  Students beginning to explore fabric painting will love this class which presents a sampling of various painting techniques.  Although techniques are presented on a group basis, emphasis is on each participant's creative growth and experimentation.

 

Topics include:

  • Paint properties

  • Effects of fabric moisture

  • Painted embellishments

  • Simple monoprinting

  • Simple masks

  • Sponge Stamping

  • Combining techniques

 

 

Stenciling, Stamping, and Masking Techniques  Students will be challenged by this workshop which explores the creation of unique painted fabrics.  Participants will design and cut their own stencils, masks, and spamps uning simple house hold items.  Although techniques are presented on a group basis, emphasis is on each participant's creative grownth and experimentation.

 

Topics include:

  • Paint properties and effects of fabric moisture

  • Creating base fabrics

  • Salting

  • Stencilling

  • Masking

  • Printing

  • Combining techniques

 

 

Stitched, Twisted, Tied and Folded Resist  This workshop is designed to give students an opportunity to become familiar with the resisting effects of compressed fabric.  This category of techniques is used by almost every culture to pattern fabric.

 

Topics include:

  • Forms of resist:  applied, masked and compressed

  • Paint opacity and viscosity

  • Twisted resist

  • Bound and gathered resist

  • Folded resist

  • Stitched resist

  • Embellishing resisted fabrics

Simply Irresistible  This workshop is designed to give students an opportunity to become familiar with using applied resist to create unique fabrics.  participants will explore free-form and geometric design.

 

Topics include:

  • Properties of water soluable resist

  • Geometric design

  • Painted embellishments

  • Free-form design

  • Painting resisted fabric

  • Paint properties: opacity and viscosity

  • Effects of fabric moisture

 

 

Workshop Requirements: Each workshop is planned around a 2-day time-frame, but please note that these times are very flexible. Shorter workshops will give students an overview of the possibilities presented by the topic. Longer workshops will allow students to design their own quilts using the techniques explored.  Detailed information about each workshop and room requirements is available upon request.


Workshop Fees: $500 per day (6-hour day, plus room (hotel/motel single occupancy), board and traveling expenses.


Please contact me for availability and more detailed workshop information.

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