Floribunda! RJR and some Multicolor Print Sets

I am happy to announce the debut of Floribunda! by RJR Fabrics. A textile line geared to quilters, sprinkled with blowsy roses, tendriled vines, leaves and rich, deep colors. The line was created using techniques illustrated and explained within the pages of Playful Fabric Printing. The line will ship to stores in late March 2018. In the coming months, I will be making quilt tops out of this fabric, please stay tuned!

In the meantime, I have been playing with Inovart Eco Karve, which can be seen as red rubber in the above photograph. There are 5 multicolor sets made with the red Invovart Eco Karve, thus far. Each of these designs are 4″ square, and utilizes a ‘Buta’, a larger medallion like motif (the Buta measure less than 3″ tall), often found in Indian textiles, using a set repeat. Each motif contains a flower. With each subsequent carve, I was able to achieve a finer and finer line.

Soft Kut the grey stuff pictured above at the bottom of the image, has been my go-to carving material for years. I find the Eco Karve to be denser, which allows me to carve a finer line. Move over Soft Kut.

Each time I completed a multicolor print set, (the carved rubber along with the plexiglas mounted fun foam stamps), I printed a sample of each set using a similar palette. I did this in order to level the playing field in assessing them next to their fellas. 

As I just restocked on cotton print cloth, I am itching to begin printing enough of these beauties to start making a quilt! I have about 18 handprints in the hopper! My goal is to print at least 2.5 yards of the Butas in total, and to then print or dye supportive single colors to pad that out. That means I need to Salty Soda Soak at least 1.5 yards and to get printing!

I am, as ever, excited to begin!!

Printing-Along Progress and the benefits in printing a Strike Off

I am creatively bamboozled by the Printed Village challenge at the same time as Carol Soderlund and I are hosting a Playful Fabric Print-Along. The two goals have collided. Really, I couldn’t be happier! Working in this manner is exactly how I was taught to design when I attended F.I.T.

Stylists would gather a presentation of ideas and we were asked to interpret them. Then we worked together to make the artwork stronger, with the best use of color for each motif. 

The graffiti element I spoke about in my last post? I decided to use the StencilGirl Scroll Y100rev as a graffiti like element in my NYC MTA Subway carved rubber layer. You see above, I traced out a few of the scrolls from the stencil to fill the ‘negative space’ with a graffiti like spray of scrolls. At least this is my hope.

(Check out this post about using negative space and stencils in a journal).

Drinking coffee while carving is the height of relaxation for me. So I got to work. 

This is a first printing or strike off (Playful Fabric Printing, page 29). Strike off‘s are very important to the design of multicolor sets (especially when designing in repeat). It can get confusing to think through the best use of color, without the use of this step. Strike off’s reveal and highlight the carved (all techniques really)design in the printed format. This information is an education to applying dye color and using the Playful Fabric Printing techniques.

This particular strike off revealed a several things.

1. I found a mistake in the repeat. Because I hadn’t carved another area of the design, and was able to fix the mistake.

2. I had left the uncarved area for inspection in this strike off, just to be able to ponder whether a textural element might be called for. Because of this printing, I decided against. 

3. Revealed detail possibilities, like the roof of the subway train, and the lone tree in the bend of the tracks. 

4. I had been thinking my lines were to heavy while I was carving, but this printing is pleasing and thus acceptable to me.

So I applied my fix and completed the carving.

This will be a fun print to color. I am working on this now. 🙂