Thursday, July 26, 2012

Discharge Nature Printing Fabrics

As I promised, here are a sampling of the different fabrics I printed in Sharron Huffman's class the other day in Ocean Park.  I was surprised at how well batik takes to discharge printing.

We used Soft Scrub (which contains bleach) and just painted it onto leaves, ferns, feathers, etc.  Then we placed the object on the fabric and pressed all over with our fingers.  Depending on whether or not you used the side with the most veining, you got various amounts of detail in the prints.

i enjoyed working with the salal leaves the most, I think.

The square around the leaf on the right was done with masking tape.  I just taped it off and then applied bleach to the area between the two strips of tape.  It worked like a charm.  Thanks for the idea, Sharron!

This print was done with dandelion leaves.

Of all the prints I did that day, I think I like this one the best.  It was a fabric I really didn't like all that much, but the way the bleach reacted with the different colors in the batik was interesting and the overall print, when it was completed, was very pleasing to me.


diane b said...

I don't quite understand what you did but it sure sounds like fun and you have some lovely designs. Can I be rude and ask you to turn off word verification. It took me 3 goes to get accepted.

Photocat said...

Heaven! The prints look like heaven... As your previous commenter says: I have no clue about how to do this, but it sure looks NICE... I can see how it can soothe your soul doing this kind of printing... or bleaching.