This workshop is designed to be your complete guide to digital printing on fabric. We will look at silk, cotton, canvas and lutradur. During the course of this workshop you will be introduced to many ideas for you to continue your exploration of the alternative digital printing process with fabric once the workshop is over.
Learn how easy it is to print these wonderful alternative surfaces.
By Kathyanne White
Beverage cans have been one of my favorite surfaces since I created my process to digitally print the cans. I use other metals, but still love the beverage can surface. Although the process is somewhat lengthy and the surface small I always love the results. Recently I have been taking my ideas further on assemblages with printed cans. Below is the start of a new piece using printed cans. After preparing the cans and using a pre coat of iridescent Gold from inkAID, I attached all my cans to a carrier sheet shown below.
Original 30 x 40 image.
Single sheet of cans. This is part of an image that is actually 30″ x 40″ painted in Corel Painter 12. The can print is 13″ x 22″.
Detail of can print
Once the prints dry for 2 days they will be sprayed with print shield to preserve the print and then varnished with Golden’s MSA Satin Varnish to preserve the print. This makes the printed metal more durable to preserve it from scraping and scratching although it could still be scratched if not taken care of correctly.
Once the cans are ready to assemble, I will follow these studies I have been doing with shape and form of the beverage cans. The pieces become diminutional and the surface has a frosted look from the varnish. I am still experimenting with the small assembled pieces below. They are the first of some of my new ideas or textural and dimensional pieces with the printed cans.
Once the cans are cut, holes are punched on each end of the strips. They are strung and crocheted from behind to hold the strips in place.
It’s all about the printed surface with me and I love exploring the possibilities!
Digital Printing Alternative Surfaces and Beyond
By Kathyanne White
Hudson River Valley Art Workshops
Greenville, New York
July 1-7, 2012
This workshop will teach you everything you need to know about digital printing on alternative surfaces. Starting with specialty paper and fabrics and beyond. During the 5 days with this subject you will be amazed at what is created.
Techniques such as overprinting, adding elements to a surface before printing, light weight metal mesh, beverage cans and handmade substrates will give students ways to start experimenting and printing alternative surfaces successfully during and after the workshop.
Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (in the current version at the time) will be used for any instruction on working with and printing digital images. There will be information and ideas for image manipulation, correcting color, resizing an image and the proper way to print successfully using printer profiles.
Before the close of this workshop we will experiment with assembling digital surfaces. This will be comparable to doing studies with the prints you created in the workshop. There is no end to the amazing ways we can work with digital prints. You will get ideas and learn ways to successfully use digital prints to add elements to you artwork. Consider the prints you will create during the workshop accordingly. If you have a specific idea you would like to test, bring the supplies for that. I will bring a stash of items for students to play with. I will be happy to speak with individual students before the workshop to help clarify this idea and assist each student to arrive fully prepared.
If you have never been to Hudson River Valley Workshops before you will be amazed at the facility. The classroom is always open, so if you want to work other then workshop times you are welcome to. At least one evening we work with Photoshop ideas and shortcuts.
I am looking forward to an incredible week for students to learn about expanding the digital print and assembling your results. Whether you are a fiber artist or a mixed media artist this class will enable you to add digital elements to your work. Techniques will be taught on innovative ways to use your printed alternative surfaces in your artwork.
Join us for a week to push the envelope with digital prints and your art.