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2daagse workshop o.l.v. Linda Colsh

Simple processes and a free approach to creating repeatable designs results in unique patterns and images on fabric. In this surface design technique class, students layer line, shape and images to create art cloth. Students study with Linda Colsh whose award-winning art makes extensive use of non-press printing techniques, including her unique approach to screenprinting. Students will draw and cut stencils and prepare unusual screens for printing with water-based acrylic paints or textile paints. The class includes the technique Linda developed for screenprints made with water-soluble rubbings. Thermal imager screenprinting will be covered, including how to find and prepare the best images for making screens.  Using permanent screens, students go home with unique fabrics and new techniques for surface design.

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pls bring the following materials:

paints & paint supplies
*Textile or acrylic paints (Setacolor by Pebeo, Amsterdam, Liquitex, etc):
opaque is best; metallic, pearlized, etc.
(note: for experimenting it is good to have some thicker paints in tubes or tubs & some more liquid in bottles)
*Retarder (slows drying of paint) from either Golden (recommended for acrylics) or Pebeo (for textile paints)
*Acrylic matte medium (liquid=fluid if possible; gel will work) Golden/Pebeo/Liquitex
*plastic spoons & plastic containers for paint & water
*Recycled Styrofoam veg/fruit/meat tray or plastic/foam plate for mixing paints
*Small paintbrush for painting lines
*Optional: sponge roller 
*4 small blocks(any material) same size to rest yr screen (4 kleine gelijke blokjes om je zeef op te laten rusten)

drawing, sticking & cutting supplies:
*A4 Bristol paper (2-3 sheets white, 1 black) zgn tekenpapier
*3 pieces cardboard (can cut up a box or use scraps of foamcore or passpartout cardboard)
*Duct tape, 1 roll (often silver color; very strong, tears easily)
*Masking tape
*Scissors & Exacto or craft knife
*White school glue (Pritt, Elmers, or equiv)
*Acetate or plastic pages to cut for stencil
*Cutting mat (rotary cutting mat for example) optional rotary cutter and ruler
*Cretacolor AquaBriques (preferred if available) or
Caran d'Ache Neocolour II Water Soluble Crayons or equivalent (must be water soluble!)
*Rubbing plates or textured items for making rubbings(textured wall paper, brocade or lace scraps for example)
*One A4 size thermal imager film (preferably to film and make in class, or if you have 1 ready @ home you can bring that one)
*Black & white toner copy (laser, toner copier-copy good) NO inkjet copy - strong contrast. Avoid grays, ex: text, line drawings, toner copies of photos. Leave blank margin of about 2 to 3 cm around each side of an A4 image.
*Optional: charcoal or soft graphite (drawing type) carbon pencilled.

Screens & tools:
*Squeegee, (professional or plastic) old plastic credit or key cards for smaller screens
*Silkscreens: preferably 2 (alu framed) screens

In case you do not have these -  you can bring 3 homemade (wooden framed) screens instead , with 43/45 T mesh (screen fabric)only. Size: 43x53cm or 32x32cm outside dimension or other small sized screens. Wooden frames need drying time after cleaning and changing designs so it is best to bring 3 pcs.

White & light cotton solids (suggested 4m of white/lights for 2 days), black, other solids
type: poplin, pima, lawn, batiste etc. 

Other supplies:
*paper towels, rags, a sponge, apron, old newspapers (lots-minimum 3 full newspapers)
*plastic wrap (cling film, Saranwrap or equivalent)

Optional Printing Board:  Your table will be covered, but if you want to extend your printing area and make a printing board for yourself, here is what Linda did and it is very helpful to have one for printing of any kind (stamping, screenprinting....):

The base is a large flat board.  A drawing board is what Linda used.  It is 60 x 80cm.  Cover this with two layers of batting that is at least 10 cm bigger than the board.  Pull the batting around the sides of the board to the back.  Fasten with staples, tacks or really strong tape. "Miter" the corners as best you can-what is important is that there are no wrinkles on the top. Cover this with a layer of muslin or an old sheet (plain white is best).  Again at least 10 cm bigger, pull to back and fasten. Cover this with plastic.  Linda used a clear plastic table cover.  Pull to back and fasten.  She prefers to fasten with duct tape so she can change this layer in the future if needed.

The following materials will be for sale in advance or during class:
Screens and squeegees (to be ordered ahead before Jan.10 2011)
Pebeo textile paints, golden matte medium, retarder
cotton fabrics: batiste, poplins
rubbing plates and molding mats
thermofax materials (film and frames and small squeegees)
carbon pencils