Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…


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Pattern, Color, Printing…

Pattern          Color          Printing

While in Provence, we went to the factory where Les Olivades fabrics are printed. These are the iconic “Pierre Deux” fabrics characteristic of Provence. I was excited to see the silk-screen process. (You may remember that when I entered my first Duomo in Italy I decided my goal was to become the intern sitting on the floor cleaning ancient mosaics with a tooth-brush; when I marbled paper in a paper store in Florence I wanted to hire on to be their “marbler”; and Paris made me think I could get hired to paint walls the colors that the Musee D’Orsay has chosen.) Now that I have returned from Provence I want to follow in the steps of the many Cheesemen I saw in the marches (my friend Lisa and I have signed up for a cheese making class in August) and I keep wondering why I spent so many years in that classroom when I could have been learning how to be a master-printer at Les Olivades? The process is very similar to EZScreen printing which I love because its cleanup is with water. Here is my iMovie of the process: (You can make it full screen by clicking the square to the left of the word Vimeo.)

pillowThe pillow I bought at the factory store. (Any one else have a husband that hates pillows on the couch? geez, I felt like I was bringing back contraband!)

patternsPatterns for a class with guru Mary Ann Moss here and an inkjet transparency of a photo I took of the clock at the Musee D’Orsay ready to be made into a silk screen. Fun is happening here!


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Print Break…

Used my image of Okenagon Lake to create a silk screen for a break today. I put the original image through the Toon Paint app. Then, I printed it on an inkjet transparency so I could expose the screen in the sunlight (EZ Screenprint). Developed it in tap water and printed it with heavy bodied acrylic. Added color with colored pencil. I think I will print it on water color paper next and use water colors for the next version.

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This is the original that I posted two days ago.

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24 hours later: I printed the image on water color paper and used water colors to add color. I’m liking it!