One of the blogs I read is “…And Then We Set It On Fire”, a blog dedicated to exploring different techniques in surface design. Â The interesting part about this blog is Â that it is NOT done by experts! Â Instead, it is written by fiber artists who are experimenting with new techniques. Â I enjoy reading about their explorations and thoughts on the possibilities of this medium.
At any rate, they had one month dedicated to surface design using fugitive media. Â The basic idea is that you take a medium Â that is water-soluble (or at least not water-repelling), do your design on the fabric, and then silkscreen on some acrylic medium to bind the pigments to the paper. Â It apparently works pretty well but does stiffen the fabric somewhat due to the presence of the acrylic medium. Â It may have limited use for me because I prefer flowing fabrics – but I want to play with it to see just how much stiffening happens.
Anyway, in a burst of enthusiasm a few years back, I went out and bought some water-soluble pencils. Â I just picked up a set of Inktense water-soluble ink pencils, and I plan to try out both of those plus plain graphite pencils on fabric. Â I have four sheets of silk fabric (taped to backing boards) with me as well as a notebook of drawing paper; that ought to keep me more than busy enough for five days, especially since I will spend most of the time visiting with relatives!
(The difference between Inktense and regular watercolor pencils is that the Inktense ones dissolve into ink – they only flow once, the first time you wet them. Â Regular watercolor pencils will flow every time they get wet. Â I plan to experiment with both types of pencil, to get an idea of how they behave.)
I think this would be interesting to try with pastels as well, and since I have a set of very nice pastels (see previous notes on “burst of enthusiasm”!), I may play around with them as well – AFTER I get back. Â Pastels are fun, but the dust gets absolutely everywhere! Â Not good when you are schlepping your work 3000+ miles before fixing it.
Off to play! Â I have another hour or so before I need to wake up Mike (so we can get ready for our trip), which is plenty of time to do a couple of experimental sketches.