so here it is: the new project that came out of my studio yesterday:
silver-lined cloud tote bags!
i think i am happy with them, but i am a little torn; maybe you can help me decide:
which is better --
the lighter print (which is actually easier to do, it is just a block print with fabric screenprinting ink):
or the more saturated, opaque print (where i did the block print and then went over and filled it in with a paintbrush):
personally, i am a little drawn to the more faded looking one, i just think it looks a little cooler... but does it look incomplete, or like it is a mess-up (which, technically, maybe it is -- the ink isnt fully saturated on the print...)?
help me decide, please! i did them on canvas bags that i had ordered before renegade and on which i had intended to do some screenprints of my cross-stitch designs. i didn't get to that project in time for the fair, obviously.
i hadn't done any block printing in a while; well, i did try one of one of my cross-stitch designs, but i was not happy with those results. this time, though, i had fun! me gusto!
here are what i did for my test prints: my shipping envelopes -- now they have little silver lined clouds.
the other challenge of this project was finding a metallic embroidery floss or other material that was both easy enough to work with and thick enough to show up on these bags. the stuff that i use for my cloud cross-stitch pieces is too thin for this use; plus, is it a pain to work with - it frays and breaks and makes me scream bad words out loud when i am working with it. so you saw, in my previous post the whole big pile of options i bought yesterday. (i had no idea there were so many options!) well i tried out each kind, and found only one that is pleasant enough to work with. oh well, at least now i know. and the results, me thinks, are worth the pain. just as long as you know -- I SUFFER FOR MY ART, dammit. oops.
i put up one of the black bags on etsy. go check it out if you are interested.