Thursday, June 27, 2013

Monoprinting on Fabric ::: CAPI Textiles Tutorial

Monoprinting on Fabric ::: CAPI Textiles Tutorial



Monoprinting on Fabric - CAPI Textiles Tutorial @milliande.com , Printing on Fabric for Watercolor Print Effects


Monoprinting on Fabric - CAPI Textiles Tutorial @milliande.com , Printing on Fabric for Watercolor Print Effects


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For this tutorial I uses highly pigmented watercolour pans 
these are NOT washable, so not suitable for fabric items that need to be washed or
come in contact with water 

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I use my fabric pieces for Art Textiles and Canvas Art that will not be washed 

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substitute watercolor paints with watersoluble fabric paints to achieve the same effect
most types of fabric paints need to be heat set ( iron) to make them waterfast 

Monoprinting on Fabric - CAPI Textiles Tutorial @milliande.com , Printing on Fabric for Watercolor Print Effects


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  • on a plastic tray brush on some not too wet watercolor paint
  • the plastic RESISTS the watercolor spreading evenly
  • this is a desired effect 



Monoprinting on Fabric - CAPI Textiles Tutorial @milliande.com , Printing on Fabric for Watercolor Print Effects

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  • keep adding different watercolors to suit your color scheme
  • swish about with a brush , adding a little water if required
  • playin with drier watercolor and wetter watercolour to get different effects
  • not all needs to be colored as it can be overprinted later

Monoprinting on Fabric - CAPI Textiles Tutorial @milliande.com , Printing on Fabric for Watercolor Print Effects

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  • using plain undyed cotton or any other type of natural fabric
  • hold it stretched tight over the plastic palette ( old lids of plastic containers can be used too) 
  • let the fabric cloth drop onto the plastic palette with your designs


Monoprinting on Fabric - CAPI Textiles Tutorial @milliande.com , Printing on Fabric for Watercolor Print Effects


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  • using your hands gently tap the cloth fabric to let the cool absorb from underneath
  • if you have used a little too much water, the color will smudge and seep to form a single marbled sort of effect loosing much of the detail
  • if just a little water is used quite precise print effects and markmaking designs can be achieved 


Monoprinting on Fabric - CAPI Textiles Tutorial @milliande.com , Printing on Fabric for Watercolor Print Effects

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  • Here some water has been added n splotches to the watercolor drops 
  • the color seeps together when in contact with the surface of the cloth
  • this technique can be fun if splotches patches are spaced further apart so they dont mix too much but still have that soft watercolor effect 



Monoprinting on Fabric - CAPI Textiles Tutorial @milliande.com , Printing on Fabric for Watercolor Print Effects

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  • here relatively dry watercolor circles have been applied to the plastic palette
  • a little water was on the brush when picking up the pigment but no further water has been added
  • lovely small detail is picked up in the textile print

Monoprinting on Fabric - CAPI Textiles Tutorial @milliande.com , Printing on Fabric for Watercolor Print Effects

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Close ups of the printed cloth
Monoprinting on Fabric - CAPI Textiles Tutorial @milliande.com , Printing on Fabric for Watercolor Print Effects

Monoprinting on Fabric - CAPI Textiles Tutorial @milliande.com , Printing on Fabric for Watercolor Print Effects

Monoprinting on Fabric - CAPI Textiles Tutorial @milliande.com , Printing on Fabric for Watercolor Print Effects


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  • Here a lot of water was added to the plastic palette and left to smosh together on the fabric cloth
  • being careful not to create mud add cold colors seperately from warm colors to avoid creating muddy browns
  • some areas have been left without water to pick up more detailed print effects at the top of this cloth 


Monoprinting on Fabric - CAPI Textiles Tutorial @milliande.com , Printing on Fabric for Watercolor Print Effects


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  • this cloth was first treated with a splotched watercolor print , left to dry then a dry watercolor print was added on top of it creating a depth effect on the textiles
  • this technique can also be combined with the texture rubbing technique (see tutorial ) 
  • working in layers can create beautiful multidimensional markmaking effects on the printed cloth




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textil, fibre and cloth reacts quite differently than paper 

you can also try this technique using watercolor paper and compare the results to see what you like best 

enjoy 
Milliande :-) 


Monoprinting on Fabric ::: CAPI Textiles Tutorial