Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fabulous Sunprinting Workshop

We were blessed with maximum sunshine, a touch of late summer heat, 5 excited participants and lots of enthusiasm and energy. We mixed paints, gathered masks of all sorts, botanical and otherwise, and got to work!

Fortunately we had a wonderful shaded area to lay out our creations, in the garden area at Liberty Town in Fredericksburg.




With the sun and the heat, we had painted fabric drying in record time!
(about 25 minutes- it was 97 degrees!!)

Samples for discussion (created previously) were hung on a line and served as inspiration and decoration! Don't they look lovely with the light shining thru them!
Once our pieces were dry, we all gathered around for the big "Peel and Reveal". Some of the botanical bits almost fuse themselves to the fabric as the paint dries so a bit of effort is sometimes needed to reveal theimages beneath. We had such fun and squeals of delight could be heard coming from the garden. Cindy commented that with the lifting each mask, a tiny present is opened. It really is very exciting and inspiring!!!
Depending on the type of Mask used and whether it lays flat against the painted wet fabric, one can achieve all sorts of hard crisp edges and fine details or softer whispier shadows all on the same piedce of fabric. In this way, a foreground and background can be established.


Such wonderfully spontaeous creations of color and texture!!



Nicole was very anxious to work in sepia and brown tones and we all had great fun mixing up the perfect shades of brown with the Seatacolor Paints. She made a beautiful set of prints and is anxious to pursue this medium with her two young sons.


The center piece was accomplished using a pheasant feather and some weeds. In the upper right you can see a piece that was done using a metal number 5 charm that I found in a parking lot covered by a plastic mesh grid. the grid was pinned down over the metal 5. Nicole was very ahppy with the results of her efforts and really enjoyed taking a break from her ususal meia of Oil Painting. ( Nicole does amazing work in Oils and has a One Woman Show opening on Monday the 4th of October ,at Bistro Bethem, here in Fredericksburg. I will be introducing you to Nicole, my fabulous new art friend, in my next blog post, so stay tuned!!)


Bonny (center, in white ) and her mom ,Mary(on the right) thoroughly enjoyed the reveal process.


This glorious piece was Mary's favorite ! We could all understand why!!! I am hoping that this workshop will increase some interest in all of the surface design techniques available forexploration. I am hoping to introduce several more techniques to the public, here at Liberty Town before the year is out! I will be offering classes at my home studio as well!
I am constanly inspired and motivated by teh students who participate with me in these art adventures. Working on projects with other artists is such an awe inspiring experience and I am always so grateful to be allowed to teach!!

23 comments:

Judy Warner said...

Great work. Looks like it was a wonderful workshop!

Martha Lever said...

How fun! I wish I could take your classes. The sun printing is wonderful!!!

Ro Bruhn said...

I know I've said this before but I really will have to give this a try, the results are fabulous. Your students work reflects what a great teacher you must be.

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Looks like it was a fun day with great results!

Pat Winter said...

Beautiful results. I really loved the feather. I'll have to try that to hang with my bird nest collection. I would love to attend your classes one day and meet in person.
P.S. I wore my blue mermaid tear yesterday :-)
Hugs,Pat

Vicki W said...

Great results! Good thing you aren't doing it today!

dosfishes said...

Marvelous workshop. I wished I lived round the corner. This looks like so much fun. xox Corrine

Connie said...

Wow. You guys did a great job. I just love sun printing. It's addictive. Next time I do it I'm going to use feathers and leaves as well as the nuts, bolts and buttons that I've found to work so well.

Marilyn Rock said...

WOW! How much fun is this? Wish I lived closer! xxoo

Jeannie said...

Wonderful results both in fabric and the smiling faces of the participants!

Julia said...

Hello, just came across your blog....what a great idea...will try it out at home...wich I could come to classes but in Australia...maybe my art group ladies would like to try it out on Saturday...will let you know how we went...xx..julia

Michelle said...

What great results everyone had. Looks like it was a fun day. Where did all that sunshine go???

Judy said...

Beautiful work! You lucked out with the weather....did you have a plan if it rained?
Oh, and btw, I think you are getting your rain today!

xo

Plays with Needles said...

I learned so much by reading this post today. I loved your idea of using soft edges for background and crisper edges will come to foreground. That's so cool...

The picture of all those pieces hanging from the clothesline is SO inspirational. I wish I could take a class of you...have you ever thought about putting together a little sunprint kit with instructions on Etsy..or even doing a tutorial that we purchase...an online class even?

Jo Wholohan said...

they are all so beautiful elizabeth, love them to pieces, really have to do some more of this :)) xx

Debrina said...

Lovely work, Elizabeth! Each of your students has created some beautiful stuff.

Sharon said...

What fun you all had. I love sunprinting. All your results were great.

Deborah said...

Gorgeous results and looks like fun!

Createology said...

Looks like lots of fun was had by everyone. Happy Haunting...

Trina said...

Beautiful ... looks like fun! When you coming north?

Jacky said...

Lots of fun Elizabeth....those girls created some beautiful sun dyed fabrics.


Your classes look so much fun!

Jacky xox

Farah Muzaffar said...

It is something great, I read about it a lot, but never try to do. Its really fun i think, how durable it is , I mean like all fabric paints it also remain as it appears... anyway thanks for sharing...

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http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/

Love you
Farah

Trudi Sissons - Two Dresses Studio said...

Looks like so much fun with great results!

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