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I didn't realize that my 'message' was one of
the most read sections in my newsletter. I had so many people ask me
about my trip out West these past couple of months. I have travelled
to a few more places lately and as you will see on the "Products
Page" some great new items have been found (just in time for Christmas).
I really appreciate your friendly inquiries and it shows that this newsletter
is still an effective way of connecting our customers with us.
I am hoping that everyone will have a good holiday
season and remember to play safe.
'till next year
ATTENTION ALL TEACHERS AND
ANYONE ELSE WHO WANTS SOME FUN!
by: Loren Clough
School's back! All those happy, expectant faces are beaming up at you.
You are all ready and raring to go! Okay, okay that takes care of the
first week ..just kidding! Actually, Dixon has been harboring a great
product that not only will add some more excitement to your well planned
year but at a very low cost (This time, I am not kidding).
'G&S' pigments and base, are not only easily adaptable to the classroom
setting but also very cost efficient. In this article I will describe
two methods of using these products; silk screening and a pseudo-batik-like
process. By using G&S products, both methods cost about one third
of the price of the other leading manufacturers.
Screen Printing Method
Invite students to bring a T-shirt, pillow case, boxer shorts or anything
with a high natural fiber content from home to print on. Provide a large
piece of fabric to print a class mural that will remain in the classroom.
Materials & Equipment
- G&S Pigments Screens
- G&S Base
- G&S Antibleed
- G&S Resfix
- X-Acto knives
- Tracing Paper
- Plastic Cups
On sketch paper or newsprint the size of the printing area of your
screen, have the students draw out their design. From this 'master'
drawing, trace and cut out positive or negative stencil from the tracing
paper. Lay stencil on printing surface. On top of that lay screen and
ink. Have students pick a 'muscleman' partner to hold down the screen
as the other one pushes the squeegee and a generous amount of ink across
the silk screen surface. Push squeegee at a 45 degree angle across screen,
lift slightly to gather any remaining ink; push across screen again;
repeat at least five times. Remind students to leave squeegee in screen
bed until clean up. Once student's garment has been printed, print image
on class mural. Fun, isn't it!
This method involves painting G&S pigments onto fabric that has
been treated with a resist. For elementary students I suggest a large
flat area such as a pillowcase or a piece of fabric. Intermediate and
senior students may like to try a T-shirt.
- G&S Pigments
- Black Felt Pen
- G & S Base
- Wax (Bees, or Paraffin)
- G& S Resfix
- Crock pot
- Aluminum foil bowls
- Sketch Paper (Cartridge)
- old paint brushes
- Plastic cups
- optional: wax-holders, found tools
Through experience, I prefer to use a Crock-pot to melt the wax. Set
it up about an hour before you wish to use it. (Now, just to figure
out what to do with all those Fondue Sets!) Students may use aluminum
foil bowls to transfer the wax to their working area.
Water + Base + Resfix + Pigment
250mL 30mL 2mL
Sketch design. Plan colours. Trace design with black marker or very
dark coloured pencil so that it can be seen through the fabric. Place
fabric over design. Paint the areas you wish to remain fabric colour
with wax. Paint other areas with G&S Pigment Paint Solution. Repeat
procedure. Layer wax and paint. Dry piece. Scrap off some wax. Place
painted fabric between sheets of newsprint and iron out excess wax resist.
Optional: procedure, wash and iron.
I have introduced these methods to students from the age of six to sixty-six
at workshops in schools, libraries, businesses and my own studio, Hand
Prints Art Studio, in Oakville. We have not failed to have a great time
yet and just as a bonus, the projects always seem to work out. If you
have any questions or suggestions or wish to book a workshop, please do
not hesitate to call me.
- Loren Clough
- Mississauga, Ontario
RESISTS, GUTTAS, WAXES
In silk painting, a resist or gutta is applied to the fabric to form
an enclosed boundary to contain the spread of the colours. The resist
lines outline the design and separate the colours, creating a stained
glass effect. Resists are usually applied through special applicators
to make fine lines but resists also may be applied by painting, splattering,
Wax is applied to the fabric in a hot liquid state using brushes or tjanting.
Wax is the basis of design structure in batik and Japanese wax resist,
but it may be used for many other effects. Each type of wax has different
characteristics of penetration, adherence and crackle. Waxes are usually
mixed to achieve desired results. Bees wax is a very tacky wax that adheres
well to different fabrics. It doesn't crack much. Paraffin wax is a much
softer wax that cracks quite easily. Most batik artists will blend the
two waxes in varying ratios depending on the amount of crackling.
Resist & Gutta Comparisons
G&S Waterbased Resist
A white creamy liquid that produces a strong resist line. G&S Resist
is economical, and easily washes out in warm water thus avoiding dry
cleaning to remove. You can also add colour to tint or screen print
for perfect outlines. Sold in 120mL to 1.0L size. Used for direct application
Cons: Nine months shelf life; Not good for iron-on paints; can take
a bit longer to dry than the other two guttas.
Pebeo Waterbased Gutta
Twelve colours in pearls, clear and black. Sold in 20mL tubes except
clear is available in 250mL size also. Used for direct application only.
Heat resistant, making it ideal for iron-on paints (Liquid Colours).
Waterbased gutta can be applied directly from tube. Residue can be removed
when washed in warm water.
Cons: Application from the tube doesn't provide a very fine line. Line
is weaker than G&S Resist and solvent gutta, causing breakthrough
if not applied well.
Solvent gutta is available in clear, gold, silver and black. Sizes
vary from 120mL to 1.0L. Used for direct application only. Very smooth
consistency; quick drying; does not clog applicators easily.
Cons: Solvent fumes can cause headaches; inflammable; most expensive
of the three; messy cleanups and has to be dry cleaned to remove.
Every year at this time, I'm always in a giving mood.
So all orders over $50 'till December 31, will receive a free pack of
open face cards. Besides the free gift, there are monthly sales to help
you save a bit more.
October: 15% off Liquid Colours, 100mL and 250mL sizes only.
November: 20% off all open face cards.
December: 15% off all in stock books.
Silk Rayon Velvet: $24.00/yd
After searching for years, we have finally found a great silk velvet
in black and white. This newest arrival is richer and more luxurious
than our previous stocks. The velvet is perfect for dyeing, printing
or trying the newest burnout techniques using "Fabric Etch"
(see next item). Both colours are 45" wide and come on 30 yard
bolts ($20.00/yd by the bolt).
A unique chemical that is used with our silk velvet for "Devore".
Featured in Threads Magazine and other publications, this amazing liquid
is applied to the back of the silk velvet. When you iron the fabric,
the chemical will weaken the pile. Subsequently, when you wash the garment
the pile will wash away leaving a negative image. Fibre Etch can be
applied by brush or screen print. Available late October. Please call
A safe colour remover for dyed natural fabrics. Apply by brush, block
printing or screen printing. Afterwards, iron and wash item and the
colour will be reduced in the area you applied the paste. This is used
similar to the Fibre Etch, but instead of removing the pile it removes
the colour. Available in 250mL & 1.0L jars.
| 250 mL
|| $ 9.95
| 1.0 L
More Pebeo Soie Colours: $9.95 - $56.00
Due to the initial demand, we have now added another 6 colours (we
have 13 colours in total now) that are available in stock. The new colours
are Buttercup, Amaranth (purple), Turquoise, Sea Blue, Moss Green and
Hazel. Remember that you can purchase any of the 80 colours but you
get 50% more (120mL vs. 80mL) when you purchase in-stock colours.
White Opaque Base: $8.00 - $200
This white coloured base is used for printing or painting onto dark
coloured fabrics. Used primarily as white but you can add G&S Pigments
to create a full spectrum of colours. Available in 250mL - 5 gallons
Cutting Board: $13.95
A self healing cutting board, with a roller blade. Perfect for those
quilters out there and for general paper and fabric crafts.
G&S Soap TNA: $1.75 - $8.50
Please note that G&S Lissapol ND Soap has now been reformulated
to be better and stronger. The product will now be known as G&S
Soap TNA. Available in 60mL - 1.0L sizes.
Electric Tjanting Tool - $65.00
An electrically heated hand held tjanting designed to produce fine
lines of melted wax. Increases productivity by constantly having the
wax heated for faster application.
The AirPen - $145.00/each (6 cartridges)
This is an innovative craft tool which draws fine lines with a variety
of think mediums, such as fabric paints, ceramic glazes and silk painting
A clear cartridge is filled with the desired medium and is screwed
into the black pen body. When the compressor (included with the pen)
is plugged in, a finger placed over a hole on the pen activates the
flow. When the finger is taken away, the flow stops instantly and a
suction is created to hold the contents in the pen.
Originally developed to make many crafts accessible for arthritis and
carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers, the airPen has become a necessary
tool for every studio. Not only are continuous lines possible, but start
and stop blobs are eliminated, resulting in a consistent line made without
squeezing an applicator bottle.
- Hand-Dyed Fabric Made Easy
- by Adrienne Buffington
Explore the possibilities of fibre-reactive dyes, produce coordinating
colour families and create fascinating surface textures. There's
no mess and no fuss because everything is mixed in plastic bags!
Step-by-step guidelines, colour suggestions and other helpful tips
- Complex Cloth
- by Jane Dunnewold
Learn to create visual complexity and depth in fabric. Experiment
with dyes, bleach, fabric paints, water-based resists, photocopy
transfers, foiling, silk screening, stenciling, stamping, embroidery
and beading to create your own sumptuous fabrics. Complex Cloth
is a great resource for a wealth of surface design techniques.
- Dye Painting!
- by Ann Johnston
Quilt and garment maker Ann Johnston presents a simple method for
painting with dyes, one which requires no expensive equipment, dangerous
chemicals, or specialized studio space. Over 90 colour photos illustrate
the beautiful results of this method.
- Paint and Patches
- by Vicki L. Johnson
Using nontoxic paints, Johnson creates beautiful quilts that are
part of public and private collections around the world. Enjoy learning
about this aspect of fabric and colour selection to make your own
Early adopters of our G&S Liquid colours have discovered a great
product that whisks away all the worries and frustration of steaming.
For the the rest of us who have demanded the best colours, that has meant
sticking with dyes and steam setting your colours (as opposed to ironing
for the Liquid Colours). To ease the inconvenience, G&S has a convenient
steaming service for those who don't wish do it themselves.
| up to 31" square or 11"x60"
| > 31" square or 11"x60"
| up to 36" wide fabric
| 36" - 67" wide *
- Small Pieces
| area smaller than a 15 square inches
- Cotton Items
| extra or each piece or yard
- Rush Job
| two business day turn-around
starting at $35.00
- We reserve the right to steam items purchased from our stores only.
- In case of damage, we keep damaged originals and replace with equal
quality materials only.
* We have to fold the fabric
We recently had a very good response for one
of our recent travelling workshop. It was sent to us by Hanna Olszewski
of the Rideau Lakes Artists Association. Here's what she wrote:
"On behalf of Rideau Lakes Artists' Association I want to thank
Dixon for a very interesting and successful demonstration by him on marbling.
Dixon came all the way to Westport, near Kingston and inspired 17 artists
with new creative ideas. With his guidance, each one of us did a piece
of marbled work, a first of many to come. We enjoyed his workshop very
much and it sparked new creative enthusiasm in us."
G&S News - Fall '97
- Hanna Olszewski
- President RLAA
- After a good break this summer, it is nice to be able to focus on
learning some great new skills. We have added quite a bit to our regular
silk painting, marbling and screen printing workshops to greatly improve
the learning experience. Besides our regular workshops, we have also
added two great dyeing workshops.
- Basic Silk Painting - $35.00
- Nov 22, Jan 17, March 14
- Advanced Silk Painting - $60.00
- with Rita Campagnaro
- Jan & April - please call for exact dates
- Dyeing Fabrics For Quilters - 2 Days - $100.00
- with Betty Conlin
- January 24 & 25
- Marbling on Fabrics - $45.00
- Dec 6, Feb 21
- Screen Printing- 2 Days - $120.00
- February 14 & 15
- Batik Dyeing - 2 Days - $100.00
- early 1998 - please call for exact dates
- All workshops are one day unless noted otherwise. To register or to
receive more information, please drop us a line and we shall be glad
to send it to you by email, mail or fax.