Monday, 3 March 2014

What is in a name?

The last few posts have been all about black and white  so I thought it was time for an injection of colour.

surface design, stencil, procion dyes

Here is some printing done with another stencil made with a fabric soldering iron. See my post 'stencils, soldering irons and inattentive mothers' for the story  here

I decided to use the letters of my name for the design. All the letters are right - but not necessarily in the right order! I needed to overlap the letters to make a good design, and since 'Hilary' is shorter than 'Florence' - which went on the 2nd line - there was a bit of jiggery pokery to fit all the letters in.

Of course, making your stencil this way, means you actually end up with two stencils - the positive and the negative of your design. Here, I have started with a yellow negative stencil, overlaid with a positive in red.

In the next example I have added some dark blue to the mix and inverted the stencil so some of the letters are upside down.

This time I've only used the negative stencil, but turning it through 90 degrees to give both horizontal and vertical text.

Here, I have first used the positive stencil - again overlaying horizontally and vertically - then gone over with a sponge roller.

I really like this last one. I've used both positive and negative versions in a kind of checkerboard pattern.

All the prints are done with procion dyes thickened with manutex.
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Hilary Florence

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  1. This is SOO cool!!! Love all of the different combos. Awesome use of colors!

  2. This is so lovely! I like the shape of your letters and the way you have overlapped them. What paint do you use for prints like these? I'd love to have a go and a play myself sometime!

  3. It just goes to show you that it's worth taking the time to explore and play. You got some lovely results. Thanks for sharing them.

  4. Love the colour and your designs! Very inspiring!

  5. Your stencil work is very impressive. So interesting to see all the various results!

  6. Yes I am curious as to the paint you use and the fabric? It is really dynamic.

  7. Intriguing variations!

  8. wow! this is really cool!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  9. Great, love this...cannot believe how many variations you have come up with out of the one design. I reckon I am so lacking in imagination...will have to look in a bit more often to free my mind.