Monoprinting Dye On Fabric with Ann Johnston, October 4-6

Monoprinting Dye On Fabric with Ann Johnston, October 4-6




The focus of the class is monoprinting, the creation of one-of-a-kind prints that cannot be reproduced. Students will be introduced to how to use thickened dyes and the tools that are most effective for monoprints. Both small- and large-scale techniques will be demonstrated and discussed, and the students will try them. Ann will demonstrate various techniques for dyeing backgrounds. Each participant will choose a particular scale or idea and its appropriate tools to concentrate on for the remainder of the class. The goal is to learn the basics of surface design with thickened dyes while producing a quantity of prints determined each individual’s interests in subject, design, and color.

Materials fee per student: $65.50, payable directly to Ann on the first day of the workshop. This covers the supplies Ann provides: handouts, dyes pre-measured in plastic squeeze bottles, powdered print mix, granular urea, soda ash, Synthrapol, various printing materials, and 2 yards of cotton, some soda soaked. Ann will bring supplies and tools to share and extra dye, fabric, and supplies for sale.


 Label everything, try to find white or clear containers—you can see the colors better.

  • 6 yards fabric 100% cotton yardage, washed in hot water and detergent We will test and compare small pieces of all fabrics brought to class before dyeing them

  • smooth, white work surface: approximately 24” x 24”or bigger.  Make with firm cardboard and white Contac paper, or white foam core and clear Contac paper

  • a plain white shower curtain liner for table top or a piece of white vinyl.

  • 1 lightweight plastic tarp to cover fabric pieces (8' x 12', 1 mil. ok)

  • ·paint clothes/apron to wear

  • rubber gloves, well-fitting and/or loose-fitting

  • one 1-cup (250 ml) plastic liquid measuring cup

  • one set plastic measuring spoons

  • plastic jar(s) to rinse brushes, absorbent paper towels, old towel to clean up

  • a few small plastic bags to carry wet fabric

  • 3-6 white plastic garbage bags

  • ·one 1-gallon (4-liter) plastic bucket, NOT a 5-gallon bucket

  • wide mouth plastic containers like yogurt, sour cream, or food storage containers and lids for some of them, clear or white is best

  • 6 or more, 1-cup (250 ml)

                2 or more, 1-pint (500ml)

                2 1-quart (1 liter)

  • 6-8 plastic forks and spoons

  • one long-handled plastic spoon

  • masking tape

  • scissors for plastic cutting

  • 2 or 3 plastic or rubber scrapers or squeegees, 2”- 10” wide

  • thick permanent black marker for labeling fabric

  • Sponge brushes, assorted sizes

  • Three or more, paint brushes, slightly firm bristles, nylon or bristle, small to large

  • 1-2 smooth, firm, foam/sponge rollers, 2” to 6” wide

  • 1-2 small paint trays to fit rollers and a few flat, white or clear plates or trays to mix colors and for applying dye to roller, reuse Styrofoam meat trays or other white grocery store packing materials

  • ·         other white plastic palettes for mixing colors

  • ·         1 or more big sponges, 1 ½” or more thick, smooth or textured


First, Ann learned to sew, then she learned to dye fabric. In between, she earned a BA in Literature from Stanford University, and an MA Geography at the University of Oregon. She taught for the Peace Corps in Lima, Peru, raised two sons in Oregon with her husband Jim, and started quilting. Ann’s years of experimentation with dye and fabric have led to piles of quilts, worldwide travel, and numerous exhibitions and publications. Her collectors respect her viewpoint and her students admire her generosity and skill in teaching what she knows. ANN’S WEBSITE: CLICK HERE

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