I love commercial water-based resists for their ease of use. No mixing is involved - just open the bottle and pour! Jacquard, Presist and Inkodye are three of the many brands available. I was introduced to water-based resists years ago when I painted on silk. I created detailed drawings with the resist and then painted inside the lines using silk dyes. When I transitioned to other surface design techniques, I didn't realize how versatile those resists can be. They go way beyond the traditional squeeze-on application. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use them.
I love using my garden as inspiration and as a printing tool! These are printings of rose leaves from my backyard.
I'm drawn to the soft, subtle effect of this piece. It was created by brushing water based resist through a mesh laundry bag.
Compressed sponges are the perfect stamping material. They are very thin, which makes them easy to cut with scissors or a craft knife. Once they are placed under water, they swell to the thickness of a kitchen sponge.
Commercial resists are particularly suited to screenprinting. The consistency is smooth and easily penetrates a silkscreen. This is a thermofax image.
Back to the old familiar ways - the resist was applied with a squeeze bottle.
What are your favorite ways of applying water-based resists?
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