Friday, June 14, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
resist with underglaze and clear glaze
this is what came out of the kiln!
CONE 04 Diamond clear glaze over very old Turquoise duncan underglaze.
The color in the closeup image seems closer to the actual turquoise,
and also shows the sponged texture a little better, as well as what
I think is a nice roughness of some of the edges.
AND now for some screen printing experiments!
First I misted the tile very lightly with water
and smoothed the screen down with a cloth
to adhere it closely.
Use an absorbent lint-free cloth to remove any extra moisture to minimize the glaze bleeding.
This is a RISO thermofax 70 mesh screen.
In our screen image gallery we offer 100 mesh for paper prints which also work with finely milled glazes BUT recommend 70 mesh for glazes and slip.
You can also email us an image for a custom screen design!
Please let us know if you are ordering for ceramic work.
The glaze used here was straight out of the bottle
For the purpose of this test and considering that the design will only be a background image, the thin glaze was ok.
For better resolution, using a thicker body glaze is better. (More on that later)
squeegee away!Big screens like this 8 x 10 require some care in keeping the screen in close contact with the tile surface.
and here is the unfired result:
Can't wait to get a load done and fill the kiln again :~)
Friday, May 17, 2013
Draw or trace your design. I used a 2HB pencil, very lightly. Carbon paper is fine too.
Fill in the drawing with resist: here we used a latex-ammonia emulsion that is sold for watercolor painting resist.
Once the layers of underglaze dried thoroughly, we removed the resist using a thin wooden skewer to prevent scratching. The stiff coat of underglaze sometimes wants to chip along the edges as the latex is peeled off, so in some spots I chose to use a razor knife to cut a clean line.
and once that dried? Ready for the kiln!
Monday, May 13, 2013
The weather was warm and the water was cold, which was just as it should be, so we stayed a little too long & soaked up too much sun, requiring aloe applications on our return. Well, on our skin actually.
The dragonflies at the quarry come in all sizes and are a delight to watch as they zig and zag and flit and spiral
tracing unexpected invisible calligraphy. Each dragonfly has distinctive markings that resemble iconic Japanese crests, under the wing attachment. I think they are samurai groups, defending the world against the hordes of mosquitoes.
|Stained concrete casting, my molds. 12" x 12"|
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
SOLAR POWER SILKSCREENS
Whether you make arts and crafts for a living or for fun,
screen printing introduces a whole new world of surface design.
A silkscreen can do anything a rubber stamp or a cut-out stencil can do - and much more. You have the freedom to create your own stencils with either your own drawings or from your choice of clip art images and designs.
A cut-out stencil won’t do an “o” or any shape with a middle. Unless you’re very good at it, you won’t be able to cut a design to your own satisfaction in fifteen minutes.
MAKE ART NOT WAR
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Saturday, March 2, 2013
We are rolling out our line of versatile ready to print silkscreens!
Have a taste ~
Create beautiful highly detailed painted designs on fabric, wood, glass and other surfaces.
You just need a squeegee and the appropriate ink or glaze, etching cream...
it's as easy as stencilling, or easier...
watch the youtube video from Plaid: applying a design to a glass box
(*Move over Martha, we were here first!
AND of course, we can make custom designs for you ...
Happy Bunny Days!
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
C O N T A I N E R
It's a fine line between clutter and stash.
Review the stash.
Just Right for Small Useful Things... but it needs some dress-up before it's ready for the show.
Now Let's forage in the button and bead collection.
hm, several strands of pre-strung beads in black and silver... too small for easy stitching, and the strand isn't strong enough to hold up on its own. Black/silver, black/white. Round jar shape. AHA yin-yang symbol!
Step Two: Get it together!
Materials & Tools
- Small clean jar with lid
- Glue: Aleene’s OK to Wash It, or similar waterproof quick & clear-drying adhesive
- Buttons - coordinating colors the same as the depth of the lid
- Beads - two colors of pre strung seed beads.
- For the lid shown, we used about 24” lengths each
- of silver and black.
- A coin or button to mark the curve of the design
- scissors, skewer or large needle to manipulate the beads/buttons
|Use a toothpick or small skewer
to help position the elements
and to hold them in place.
When you have finished the
full circle of the edge, let it dry well.
here we go! Run a thin bead of glue around the upper edge, close to the buttons.
|A nice bead of glue! No worries - it dries clear.|
When the bead line is dry, apply another line of glue and lay in the button border.
*You may want to work in sections again; the wider line will dry quickly and placing the buttons takes a little longer than the string of beads.
TA DA! ------- Ready for the fun part?
Mark the center with a sharpie. Place your uber-professional circle-making tool halfway over it on one edge to trace the perfect curve: first on one edge, then the reverse.
Use the skewer to tuck in the curves so everyt'ing is copacetically inclined.
- Take a minute here. clean up glue bits and let it dry. Snip any hanging threads.
Paint one side of the paisley with a nice base of glue. Starting again at the point of the paisley, drop the line of seed beads down and tease it with the skewer to line up nicely along the already-glued line.
I began with the outer circumference and down along the "S" shape.
At the point, give the string a little bit of slack. With the tip of your skewer - or even a blunt needle - hold the line at the turning point while you bring the thread up around close again to the line you just laid.
That's the only tricky bit, and turns out it's not as hard as it might sound! At the end of the last lap, lift the string straight up, holding the center with your pointy tool, and slide the last few beads up and off leaving a short tail of thread.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
In the process, we researched and tested a number of gelatins. Who knew there were so many grades? and ended up with a large bag of our favorite, a 'high bloom' clear version that holds up well for longer than most, and can be re melted/cast a few times.
We posted a How2 here: www.creativeartscafe.net/gelatinPrintTutorial: and offered a couple of workshops that even people with no experience made bright beautiful prints - and plenty of them! Silly us, we didn'tphoto the group but we did take some pix of the results - some of them are in our class description, here: www.creativeartscafe.net/MonotypeWorkshop1 at the bottom of the page.
For the workshops, we created a DIY take home kit...and ended up with extras, which have just been posted here -www.creativeartscafe.net/GelatinPlatePrinting_discountSupplies if you'd like to try this without venturing outside ***:~)Hooray for the Post Office, delivers to your door***
Love and Kisses,