Portable Print Table (a lightweight padded surface suitable for various textile processes)
1. Before coming to class: Sandwich 1 layer of styrofoam or foam insulation between
2 sheets of cardboard. Layers should be about 27” x 24”. The foam should be about 1” thick .
Thinner foam can be layered. Cardboard can be spliced. Secure the layers with short duct
tape “tabs” --from top over edge across foam to bottom are sufficient, a couple on each side.
2.Before coming to class: Cut the following and bring to class with the taped cardboard and foam:
Scraps of quilt batting or layers of felt or flannel, 3-4 pieces, approx. 36” x 30” each
Heavy gauge plastic, not textured (oil cloth,drop cloth, etc. ), 1 piece approx. 36” x 30”
White cotton fabric, 1 piece approx. 36” x 30” (to use as drop cloth)
3. Also bring to class extra duct tape.
Optional: prepare materials to make 2 print tables, to have more opportunities to experiment
with potato dextrin.
Other Materials for Dextrin Resist (bring to class)
Plastic containers (1 quart or 1 pint plus a couple smaller, e.g. yogurt-sized)
Plastic spoons (a couple)
Plastic putty knife (1 1/2” preferred, hardware store)
Spreaders or stucco combs (optional, from hardware or paint supply store)
Foam brushes (1” to 1 1/2”, several)
T pins or straight pins (two dozen or so)
Contact paper, 1/2 - 1 yd
Pole Wrapping (bring to class)
Two pvc pipes, 1 1/2” in diameter and 24” long.
Note: Outside surface must be smooth and not perforated as well as free of deep scratches.
String: varied weights (e.g. nylon thread, button & carpet thread, kite string,
postal twine, jute, etc.)
Masking tape, no wider than 1/2," not light-stick tape for house painting
Needle & thread (poly cotton okay or button & carpet )
Small spray bottle
Plastic bucket (from hardware/paint store, good for carrying stuff to class, any size)
General (bring to class)
Fabric: 3 - 4 yds 100% white, bleached or unbleached, cotton, untreated, pre washed &
pressed (no stain resists, etc.)
(Note: PFD or "prepared for dyeing" fabric is not required but guarantees the best results.)
Scissors (all purpose, not good sewing scissors)
Rubber gloves (household a la Playtex, surgical weight optional)
A couple of plastic bags (grocery bag & trash bag) to protect table & to carry home samples
Wear old clothes
There will be a materials fee of $15. If you have any questions, contact Carol Anne at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-868-4055. For more information, see www.carolannegrotrian.com.