One of the techniques we have been itching to try is inspired by Kerr Grabowki's DVD, "Adventures in Surface Design". At the left, you can see some of the results.
In the top photo, I drew directly onto the silkscreen with water-soluble crayons, Aqua Briques. I then pushed "extender" through the silkscreen to apply the pigment to the cotton underneath. The original transfer is on the left, and the second transfer, the "ghost print", is on the right, when less pigment remains on the screen. So often the ghost print is more interesting.
The second photo shows what happened when I drew directly onto the cotton with the Aqua Briques. The result was made colourfast by applying a thin layer of extender through the silkscreen. This doesn't change the "hand" of the fabric.
The idea is that by desaturating colour, you can create a sense of distance. There are different ways of desaturating colour.
At the top, the red is made paler with white.
The second example shows how the red is made darker with black.
Then I tried to desaturate the red with dark gray,
medium gray, and light gray, always attempting to achieve a sense of distance, or "atmospheric colour", as it is sometimes called.
None of us are painters, but we can apply these lessons in colour to our work with cloth.
With great food and wine, swimming and boating, a birthday celebration and a demo of Photoshop, what more could you ask for?