Let's start by talking about what a print board is, and how it is used. I use my print boards when I am printing fabric with thickened dyes. I pin fabric down to the board before I print it. This keeps the fabric taunt and straight while I roll or scrap thickened dyes over it. It helps keep my imagery crisp. There are probably as many ways to make a print board as there are people printing fabric. I like to use 1" insulation board (found in hardware/home improvement stores). I put a layer of quilt batting down, then cover both the board and batting with a painter's drop cloth paper product. It is called "One Tuff Dropcloth". I like it because it absorbs any liquid, is reuseable, typically doesn't need to be wiped down and doesn't allow any thickened dye onto the next piece of cloth I pin down. I know others cover the insulation with clear plastic. I have found the clear plastic needs to be carefully wiped down in between each pinning and allows moisture to get into the batting. However it does work. I typically use a thin cotton batt, however, I will use any scrap of batting that is the right size. As far as the size of the board, it depends on the size of fabric which you want to print. The board should be several inches bigger, in both directions, than the piece of fabric. The boards typically come in 4' x 8' sheets. They are fairly easy to cut with a box cutter. You should be able to get 8- 24"x 24" print boards from one insulation board. This size should be suitable for working with fat quarters. I use t-pins to stretch the batt and drop cloth over the insulation board, then I duct tape all the edges to hold it secure. Here are some pictures to show you want I mean:
So blogging has never been my thing; as writing is more of a chore than joy for me. I am going to try to get better about regular, monthly posts. But in this first one I am going to explain a bit about the new site. I recently received an invitation to join TAFA (The Textile and Fiber Art List). One of the things that they talk about is consistent branding... using the same name in all locations. It's kind like having your work look consistent, so people can recognize it. A subject I find very difficult. I am a bit scattered, as is my style and my branding. I started out trying to sell my hand-dyed fabrics, and my business name, SELC Fabrics LLC centered around that. But then came teaching and judging. And now my work getting more visibility. In a effort to tighten things, up I started this new website, and changed the name on business Facebook page. While I am making an effort to tighten up my branding and my art work, my post will be about whatever I am working on at the moment. It could be about quilt construction, fabric dyeing, fabric printing, or what is on the long-arm. Maybe judging or teaching... Possibly even about how I fell over in yoga this morning. Hope you will check back for future posts.