Last month I wrote about my preparation for a workshop with Claire Benn, working up designs for hand-printed napkins. Once at the workshop, my direction changed from clean-line designs to something else. The two above are my favorites, both done by stamping with matte medium to make a paper-laminated screen. The one on the left used a 3" square of acrylic, the one on the right, a variety of stamps I made in a bowl shape. The virtue of the paper laminated screen is that it can be made any size (here I'm aiming for an image 18x18), and can be re-used many times. I've worked with a "paplam" screen once before, a very large one made for Accident II. In that case, I wrote on words with the matte medium. So, in addition to stamping, I can also try drawing some designs onto the screen.
Below are two more pieces made with the bowl stamps, the first stamping directly with dark blue dye onto lighter blue cloth.
In the one below, I stamped with discharge paste onto the blue cloth, and then later stamped again with dark blue dye. I like these also, but I'll probably explore doing more designs with a screen, since I can do the whole napkin in one pass, rather than hand-stamping each unit of the design.
I'm pleased with the new direction, and will continue to work on more designs, as well as variations of the ones I came up with at the workshop.