Visual Texture: Using Water-Based Resists to
Create Stunning Cloth
October 7-11, 2013
Pacific Northwest Art School,
Water-based resists can be used to create a wide range of
pattern on fabric, including simple and complex textures
and abstract and representational images. In this hands-on
workshop, participants will experiment with a variety of
resist materials including oatmeal, potato dextrin, flour
paste, soy wax and commercial water-based resists.
Procion MX dyes will be used to add color to the fabric.
Beginners will learn the basics of working with resists and
dyes and advanced students will have the opportunity to
pursue unconventional uses for the resists and focus on
layering the techniques for greater depth and complexity.
The workshop includes a thorough discussion of the
benefits and drawbacks of each resist, the appropriateness
of each application technique for the resists, the suitability
of hand painting versus immersion dyeing for each resist
and troubleshooting guidelines. Participants will create
several small studies for each technique, and will have the
opportunity to work on larger samples to build up layers of
pattern and texture.
For questions, contact Lisa. To register, contact the Pacific
Northwest Art School.
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Re-Discover Your Creative Self
Available summer 2013
$75 /6 lessons
Feel like your creativity has gone on holiday? No time, no
inspiration, no motivation? Start the New Year by kindling
the spark of imagination from deep within. This 6-week
workshop focuses on a variety of tools to help you re-
connect with your artistic nature. Each week will focus on
a different aspect of the creative process, including:
Understanding the creative process
Understanding your relationship with creativity
Connecting with your creative spirit
Finding sources of inspiration
Moving outside your comfort zone
Making a commitment to your creativity
These topics will be explored through exercises designed
to engage your whole brain: structured play in a variety of
media, written exercises, guided visualization and hands-
on projects. Whatever your area of art or craft, renew your
commitment for the New Year!
For more information, contact Lisa.
African Inspired Cloth: Create Your Story With
$25 / 2 lessons
Intrigued by the use of symbols? Want to add a deeper level
of meaning to your work? This self-study class focuses on an
African technique, called adinkra, in which symbols are
stamped on a cloth in a grid pattern. There are hundreds of
adinkra symbols, so each cloth carries its own message
based on the combination of symbols used. The technique
originated in Ghana and was traditionally used for funerals
(adinkra means “goodbye”). Adinkra cloth is now used for a
variety of occasions.
You will create a cloth using symbols that represent your life
and personal characteristics. Or create a cloth for a loved
one – perhaps to celebrate a marriage, provide healing
blessings, or to welcome a new addition into the family. The
cloth can be used for home décor, as a prayer or meditation
shawl or sewn into a quilt, clothing or pillow
The pdf guide will be sent directly to your email inbox and
includes background information about adinkra cloth and the
most common adinkra symbols and their meaning. Photos
and step-by-step instructions take you through the process of
creating your own adinkra stamps, creating the grid and
techniques for stamping with fabric paint.
Are you drawn to the idea of creating a cloth with its own
unique message? Join me for this class and join in on the
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Ice Dyeing with MX Dyes for Crystal Clear
June 15-16, 2013
Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX
$165 members/$180 non-members
Experiment with ice dyeing, one of the hottest trends in
fabric dyeing, and you'll realize it isn't just a fad. A
technique with a very short learning curve, ice dyeing
allows you to create wonderfully textured cloth on your first
try. It produces rich colors and exquisite patterning, ranging
from sharp, crystal-like shapes to soft patterns reminiscent
of an impressionist painting. We'll start with small sample-
sized pieces to acquaint you with the techniques. Then
you will have an opportunity to experiment with larger
pieces of fabric. You will leave with at least 4 yards of
beautifully dyed fabric that can be used as-is for clothing,
quilting or sewing projects or as the first layer for additional
surface design techniques. View photos of ice-dyed cloth.
Visual Texture on Fabric: Resists From the Pantry
Online class with video demonstration
Available April 23, 2013 - June 30, 2013
Looking for an easy, inexpensive way to create unique cloth
with intriguing texture? The ingredients are as close as your
pantry. Experiment with 5 resists that double as food items:
oatmeal, rice baby cereal, flour, sugar and grits.
A resist is simply a substance that is applied to cloth before
dyeing or painting. The resist blocks the penetration of dye
or paint, creating beautiful patterning and texture. The
concept of resist-dyeing goes back to ancient Egypt in the
4th century - and resist techniques are still widely used all
around the world for creating patterns on textiles. Water-
based resists are particularly in demand for the artist and
crafter at home, because they are non-toxic, easy to find
and easy to wash out…leaving behind amazing layered
patterns and colors on your fabrics.
You will create one to one and a half yards of resist-
patterned fabric each week. (or more if you want to!) Each
lesson also includes a video demonstration and lessons 2-
5 include a bonus project that incorporates your beautiful
fabrics. The pdf guide includes detailed step-by-step
instructions for mixing each resist, numerous techniques for
applying the resist, working with dyes and paints and many
photos of cloth created using resist techniques.
Working with resists is kind of like magic - you don't know
the end result until the resist is washed out. See the magic